AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two Austin wastewater plants lost power Thursday night, releasing partially treated and untreated wastewater into the Colorado River and two area creeks. The city says while the volume of water released into the river is unknown, Austin’s drinking water is not affected.
The South Austin Regional Wastewater Plant at 1017 Falwell Lane was the first to lose power at around 11 p.m. The wastewater was released beginning at 2:30 a.m. Friday. Power was fully restored at 5 a.m. and and the flow of wastewater was stopped at 8 a.m.
The Springfield Lift Station at 5404 E. William Cannon Drive lost power at 11:41 p.m. Thursday. Normal operations resumed at 1:30 a.m. More than 100,000 gallons of wastewater went into Marble Creek, a tributary of Onion Creek.
Austin Water officials urge anyone using private drinking wells within a half-mile of the overflow sites to only use water that has been distilled or boiled for at least one minute.
The utility asks anyone who comes in contact with waste material, soil or water to bathe and wash their clothes as soon as possible.