AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Water crews are repairing a sewer line that broke in northwest Austin Tuesday morning, sending thousands of gallons of its contents into the air.
A 16-inch wastewater main broke, causing more than 100,000 gallons of wastewater to leak out on Farm to Market Road 620 Four Points Drive and Zimmerman Lane. It is not known what caused the pipe to burst.
Around 6:37 a.m. the Austin Fire Department was alerted to the situation, which it initially thought was a broken water pipe.
Officials say the overflow has not affected Austin’s drinking water supply, but they say those living within a half mile of the area who use a private drinking water supply should boil their water and have their well water tested. People who buy water from a different public water supply can contact their distributor to see if the water is safe for them to use.
In general, people should not touch waste material, soil or water in the overflow area. If they do, they should bathe and wash their clothes as soon as possible.