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Austin Water issued a city-wide boil water notice Wednesday evening due to power loss at the Ullrich water treatment plant, the city's largest, and drops in water pressures to below minimum standards, which could introduce contaminants into the water distribution system.
Austin Water is working with Austin Energy to restore power at the treatment plant. The utility issued a limited boil water notice earlier in the day due to a burst water main in the Circle C neighborhood and implemented new mandatory conservation measures in an attempt to avoid the current situation.
City residents should boil tap water vigorously for at least two minutes before using it for drinking or cooking. (Start your time when the water begins to bubble.) This includes water used for brushing teeth, making ice, preparing baby formula, washing raw foods and pets. Boiling removes harmful bacteria in the water that may cause illness. Residents should throw out any ice made during the notice period, as freezing does not kill bacteria.
Unboiled tap water is safe for washing dishes but residents should use hot, soapy water and rinse dishes in boiled water. It is also safe for bathing.
Residents without power but who have access to working gas stoves can use them to boil water, Austin Water Director Greg Maszaros said during a press conference earlier in the day. Otherwise, they will need bottled water.
City-wide boil water notice issued due to power loss at Ullrich Water Treatment Plant and drop in water pressure below minimum standards. We are working with #Austin Energy to assess the system. Boil water for consumption. Follow guidelines at https://t.co/cReBGhnJAp pic.twitter.com/dzD0YjFuYu
— Austin Water (@AustinWater) February 18, 2021
The notice arrives as the Austin area approaches 72 hours of widespread power outages. Although Austin Energy reports fewer customers are currently impacted—138,494 or about 27%—than were over the past few days, an increasing number of residents are facing water outages due to burst pipes.
St. David's South Austin Medical Center lost water pressures earlier in the day, along with "a number of other hospitals in the Austin area," according to a statement issued by St. David's HealthCare CEO David Huffstutler Wednesday evening. The facility's boiler relies on water, so it is also losing heat.
The hospital currently has just under 300 patients, and its team is working with city officials to transport the most critical patients to other hospitals, discharge those patients who can safely return home and get water trucks and portable toilets on site.
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Everyone wants to be in Austin—tech, celebs and now sports. At least that's what it looks like.
In the midst of a first season for Austin FC, the city's first major league professional sports team, the Buffalo Bills are reportedly looking at a possible move to Austin.
The news comes from ESPN's Seth Wickersham, who reports the NFL team is saying it is considering a move from New York to Austin, possibly to push public funding of its new $1.5 million stadium.
An ownership source tells me that Austin is a possible destination—or threat—as one of the “other cities elsewhere that desire an NFL franchise and would pay handsomely for it." https://t.co/zMf1oChO8K
— Seth Wickersham (@SethWickersham) August 1, 2021
Austin was without a major pro team until Austin FC came to town. While all eyes have been on Austin's "boomtown" status, the city isn't exactly expected to get an NFL team with two other major teams in the state—the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.
Nevertheless, the governor and mayor responded to the rumor.
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After storms rolled in last night, the Austin area is expected to mostly clear up and return to the mild summer it's been having the rest of the week.
Before that, expect rain on Monday with high chances lasting all day. A flood advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. today.
Today will be the coolest day of the week with a high of just 88 degrees—temperatures are forecast to peak at 97 degrees through Sunday, with a low of 72 degrees.
The rain will mostly settle starting Tuesday, bringing partly cloudy and sunny skies. You might still want to have your umbrella handy though—a small chance of thunderstorms will linger throughout the week.
6am - Scattered to Numerous showers and thunderstorms will be possible today throughout South Central Texas. Localized heavy rainfall may lead to pockets of flooding concerns. Rain chances continue into mid-week before decreasing Friday into the Weekend. pic.twitter.com/Leql4akQFT
— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) August 2, 2021
If you're planning on jumping on a flight before the afternoon, delays at the airport may be possible with an Airport Weather Warning for lightning in effect until 1 p.m.
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Closing out a four-day, 27-mile march from Georgetown to Austin, The Poor People's Campaign, joined by former U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke, Rev. Dr. William Barber, dozens of speakers and none other than Willie Nelson, rallied at the Texas Capitol to stand up for voting rights on Saturday morning.
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