Water main break closes McNeil HS; causes boil water notice


by KVUE.com


Posted on April 3, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 6:29 PM

AUSTIN -- Classes at McNeil High School were canceled Wednesday and a boil water notice has been put in effect for residents in parts of North Austin after a water main break.

The district canceled classes at McNeil High School after learning from Austin Water Utility that water service had been turned off until a water line can be repaired.

Scheduled STAAR testing for Wednesday will be rescheduled for Friday.

All classes will resume as regularly scheduled on Thursday April 4. It will be a “B” Schedule day. (See the bottom of this story for schedule changes.)

The Austin Water Utility has been working with RRISD and McNeil administrators to provide water to satisfy the toileting and hydration needs of all students, faculty, and staff. Water will be provided. Hand sanitizer will be provided in all restrooms.

Wednesday's school cancellation only affected McNeil High School. All other Round Rock schools operated on normal schedules.

Officials say closed valves during repairs being performed on a broken water main led to the water pressure falling below the state required minimum of 20 psi. The pressure loss may have allowed harmful microbes into the water system.


Residents along Parmer Lane between Legendary Drive and Sage Grouse Drive, and along East McNeil Road from Parmer Lane to Howard Lane (including North Austin MUD, McNeil High School, and Jefferson Center Subdivision) are under a boil water notice.

Officials say contamination is unlikely but still urged people to follow these state guidelines:

“To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to consumption. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source."

Samples of the water will be taken to a state approved laboratory for analysis. Test results should be available in a few days.

Austin Water officials will notify the public when the water is safe for consumption. If you have any questions, contact: Crossroads Utility Services at 512 246-1400.

Parents and students are asked to review the following schedule changes that are necessary due to the water issue:

Sophomore EOC testing schedule:     

Thursday STAAR EOC Reading Test

Friday STAAR EOC Writing Test

Men’s Varsity Soccer Playoff Game:     

Friday, April 5, 5 p.m.
New Location: Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex


Rescheduled for Monday & Tuesday, Old Settler’s Park; Time to be announced


Rescheduled for Friday, April 5, Westwood H.S. Time to be announced 

Saturday, April 6, McNeil High School game times 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.


Illusions dress rehearsal, April 4, 4-6:30 p.m., PAC


Pre-UIL Concert, McNeil High School Cafeteria 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Water and hand sanitizer will be available for guests