Wastewater line failure spills 360,000 gallons into Shoal Creek

Shoal Creek in 2015.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An estimated 360,000 gallons of wastewater was released into Shoal Creek during flooding this week in Austin. The waste dumped into the creek after a 24-inch wastewater line failed at 2603 Strass Drive, near 45th Street.

City officials said partially treated, heavily diluted and disinfected wastewater spilled from the Walnut Creek Wastewater Plant along FM 969 in East Austin. It was unknown how much waste spilled from the plant, the city added.

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.
  • 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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