More than 100,000 gallons of wastewater spills in northwest Austin

AUSTIN – Crews are cleaning up after more than 100,000 gallons of wastewater spilled in northwest Austin.

Austin Water said a 16-inch wastewater main broke at FM 620 between Zimmerman Lane and Four Points Drive, and that the overflow was discovered around 6:35 a.m. Aug. 29. The city’s water supply has not been affected by the spill, but private wells within a half-mile of the overflow site are advised to only use water that has been distilled or boiled for at least one minute before using. Austin Water also said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has been notified of the spill.

Water officials also urge:

- People with private water wells within a half-mile of the site have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.
- Those 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.

TAP HERE for more information from Austin Water.

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