47,000 gallons of wastewater spills into tributary


AUSTIN (KXAN) — About 47,000 gallons of wastewater spilled into a tributary of Bear Creek in Southwest Austin after a malfunction at a lift station.

The Southland Oaks lift station operated by Austin Water is located near Frate Barker Road and Brodie Lane.

The spill will not affect the Austin Water Utility drinking supply, officials said.

Residents who use private wells within a half mile of the spill site or in the potentially affected area are asked to use only water that has been distilled or boiled. Private well users should also have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary.

A stretch of Frate Barker Road east of Brodie Lane will be closed while crews work to clean up the area.

Austin Water officials urge:

  • 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.
  • 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.


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