Emergency water restrictions will take time to lift

BEE CAVE, Texas (KXAN) — Parts of Travis and Hays County are on emergency water restrictions due to a pipe break.

On Monday, the West Travis County Public Utility Agency noticed a leak along their pipeline from Lake Austin to one of their treatment facilities. The company was able to put a temporary fix on the pipe to give them time to find other water resources for the repair process.

PUA will get help from four districts to supply water from Monday to Wednesday, during the pipe replacement process. PUA says they are expecting 28,000 people to be affected during the repair process.

The company hopes things will be fixed by Wednesday but if the process takes longer they will let residents know.

In the meantime, the utility company has put its customers on a stage four water restriction stopping all outdoor water usage.

General manager of the PUA, Don Rauschuber says, “There is no firm date, but we believe we have several more days of Stage 4 restrictions and no non-essential outdoor water use.”

“With interconnects from our neighbors and strict adherence to our Stage 4 restrictions on non-essential water use, the PUA should maintain uninterrupted water service to our customers during the period that the raw water line is being repaired,” said Rauschuber. “This includes such activities as lawn watering, filling swimming pools, and outside handheld washing.”

He added that after excavating the area around the leak, the utility found that it was a major repair in a difficult-to-reach location.

For more information on the communities affected and the restrictions, click here.

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