Austin Water in the process of cleaning two waste water overflows

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Waste water overflowed by the gallons on Tuesday after the heavy rain and an Austin Water malfunction on Tuesday.

The first overflow happened at Four Points lift station located near the intersection of Ranch to Market Road 620 and Bullick Hollow Road. A malfunction in the lift station caused a 161,000 gallon waste water overflow. The spill wasn’t discovered until 6:30 p.m. at which point it was repaired. Water officials said the waste water spill did not reach the public drinking supply.

The second spill happened after the heavy rains damaged an underground water line running below Little Walnut Creek. The break caused an overflow onto U.S. Highway 290 and Ed Bluestein Boulevard. Investigators are trying to determine whether the Halloween Floods may have contributed to the damage of the system in this area. Officials have yet to determine how many gallons of waste water were spilled. Austin Water crews are installing a temporary bypass to the line and are waiting until water levels recede to start the repairs.

Austin Water is required to notify the public in the event of a waste water spill, they have also issued a few warnings:

  • Any one using private drinking water supply wells located within a half-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.
  • Anyone who purchased water from a public water supply may contact their water supply distributor to determine if the water is safe for personal use.
  • Avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill.
  • Any one who comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.
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