Austin Water crews are responding to a domestic wastewater overflow at 835 Old Bastrop Hwy. A 24-inch wastewater line failure has resulted in the overflow of approximately 100,000 gallons of wastewater into Carson Creek.
The overflow was discovered today at 1:30 p.m. and crews are working to bypass and repair the pipe. This overflow has not affected Austin's drinking water supply. Officials with the Texas Commission Environmental Quality have been notified of the situation.
Austin Water officials urge:
Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2-mile of the overflow site or within the potentially affected area should use only water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute for all personal uses including drinking, cooking, bathing, and tooth brushing. Individuals with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.
Persons who purchase water from another public water supply may contact their water supply distributor to determine if the water is safe for personal use.
The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the overflow. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.