A boil water notice and emergency conservation are in place for a third day for all Austin Water customers.
The Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations Center remains activated and continues to work with staff from Austin Water, the Lower Colorado River Authority, the National Weather Service and the State of Texas to monitor water conditions and the situation at the Highland Lakes.
Conditions continue to improve in the Highland Lakes. Conservation efforts by the public are helping but must continue.
City and County officials have made arrangements to provide extra water for those with special needs, who are unable to boil water, unable to purchase, or need bottled water for work.
The distribution sites will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are located at (Map below):
- Walnut Creek Park (12138 N Lamar Blvd)
- City of Austin Warehouse, formerly Home Depot (7211 N IH 35 SVRD NB)
- Roy G. Guerrero Park (400 Grove Blvd)
- Onion Creek Soccer Complex (5600 E William Cannon Dr)
- Dick Nichols Park (8011 Beckett Rd)
- Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex (10211 W. Parmer Ln)
- Circuit of the Americas (9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd)
Supplies are limited to one gallon of water per person and up to four gallons for a family. City of Austin volunteers will be staffing the water distribution sites. Pick up will be located at the driveway entrance of the sites.
Emergency water conservation is still in place and the public is still being asked to avoid water usage that is not completely necessary:
- Avoid all outdoor water use and minimize indoor use immediately.
- Not use water for irrigation or testing of irrigation equipment
- Not wash vehicles, including at commercial car wash facilities
- Not wash pavement or other surfaces
- Not add water to a pool or spa
- Not conduct foundation watering
- Don’t operate an ornamental fountain or pond, other than aeration necessary to support aquatic life
Any water used for drinking or cooking should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil for three minutes. In lieu of boiling water, residents may use bottled water.
As a preemptive measure, Austin Water issued a self-imposed, city-wide boil water notice on the morning of Monday, Oct. 22, advising customers to boil water before use. On Tuesday, October 23, Austin Water experienced a brief spike in turbidity levels which triggered an official mandatory boil water notification, as required by state law, and has notified its customers. The spike in turbidity does not require any change to precautionary measures already in place and does not put the public at additional risk.
A flash flood watch remains in place for the entire City of Austin area until 7 p.m. According to the National Weather Service rain totals are expected to be between 1”-2”. These amounts should not have a significant impact on levels of the Highland Lakes.
Floodgates at Buchanan Dam have been closed fully, four floodgates at Mansfield Dam on Lake Travis remain open, four floodgates at Tom Miller Dam remain open on Lake Austin, and all floodgates remain open at Longhorn Dam.