AUSTIN – A sanitary sewer overflow occurred on Boggy Creek near Highway 183 on Friday, May 3, 2019. Flooding in Boggy Creek from heavy rain damaged a sanitary sewer manhole resulting in an estimated overflow of more than 100,000 gallons of wastewater. The overflow is not active and Austin Water crews have repaired the manhole.
The City of Austin drinking water supply is not affected. Officials with the Texas Commission Environmental Quality (TCEQ) have been notified.
The following notification language is required by the State of Texas for sanitary sewer overflows greater than 100,000 gallons and is intended for persons using a private well as the source of their drinking water:
- 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 a 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 overflow, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.
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