Large wastewater spill in northwest Austin

AUSTIN -- A contractor struck an Austin Water wastewater line Friday evening, spilling approximately 100,000 gallons.

The spill, which occurred along the 7200 block of West Parmer Lane, did not enter any creeks or tributaries. The spill is over the northern section of the Edwards Aquifer. All water spilled has been isolated and is being retrieved by Austin Water crews.

Crews are assessing the damage to begin repairs on the line.

Water officials are urging:

  • Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2-mile of the spill 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 spill.

Members of the public who come into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill are advised to bath and thoroughly wash clothes as soon as possible.


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