AUSTIN, Texas - Austin Water has partially lifted a boil water notice for its Central, South, North, and Northwest A Pressure Zones. The notice remains in effect for other areas.
Those in the Central, South, North, and Northwest A Pressure Zones no longer need to boil water to drink, cook, and make ice because officials say the water quality meets all regulatory standards in this zone.
Austin Water says in a tweet that by general definition the Central Pressure Zone is:
- West of I-35 from 38th St south to Colorado River
- East of I-35 from Manor Road south to Colorado River
- Between I-35 and South Lamar Boulevard from West Oltorf Street north Colorado River
- Between I-35 and Montopolis Drive from East Oltorf Street north to Colorado River
- Between Montopolis Drive and U.S. Highway 183 from State Highway 71 north Colorado River
The University of Texas at Austin is in the zone where the notice has been lifted but this afternoon it tweeted that those on campus should continue to boil water and that the university will announce when water is safe to drink.
Below is the updated map from Austin Water on February 22. You can see if the notice has been lifted where you live by clicking here or on the image below. (**NOTE: There have been some intermittent technical difficulties with the map.**)
Officials say those with the notice lifted should flush household pipes, ice makers, water fountains, etc. prior to using for drinking or cooking. Flushing simply means letting the water run to ensure that there is fresh water flowing through your pipes. The are the guidelines officials ask you to follow for flushing:
- Run all cold water faucets in your home for one minute
- To flush automatic ice makers, make three batches of ice and discard
- Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle
Austin Water had issued a citywide boil water notice on February 17 due to power loss at the agency's largest water treatment facility.
Residents still under the notice are asked to boil water to a vigorous rolling boil, then boil for two minutes. Instead of boiling, Austinites can purchase bottled water or obtain water from another suitable source for drinking water or human consumption.
Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers under the boil water notice are advised to follow these directions, says Austin Water.
If you're unable to find water at stores, the City of Austin is distributing free water at 10 sites across the city today.