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Austin boil-water notice lifted Tuesday night

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Austin residents can again drink their water after the boil-water notice was lifted Tuesday night.


The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality confirmed that tap water meets all regulatory standards. After a boil-water notice, residents are advised to flush out their water lines by running water for one minute before drinking it or eating it in food.

The boil-water notice was put in place Saturday night as a result of human error at the Ullrich Water Treatment Plant. Reportedly, the issue was found at the plant 12 hours before officials notified the public.

“Austin Water will immediately begin a thorough review of the incident and will implement any necessary process improvements to avoid operator errors in the future," Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros said.

The following Austin Water wholesale customers remain under a Boil Water Notice as they await test results.

  • Rivercrest Water System
  • Morningside Subdivision
  • Nighthawk WSC
  • Shady Hollow MUD
  • City of Sunset Valley
  • Creedmoor-Maha WSC
  • Marsha WSC
  • High Valley WSC

This was the third boil-water notice for Austin since 2018, resulting in criticism of local officials. On Sunday, City Manager Spencer Cronk has said a full investigation into the issue will take place and there could be possible terminations at Austin Water. Additionally, Austin City Council members have been vocal about coming to a solution to this problem with members Paige Ellis and Natasha Harper-Madison requesting a special called meeting to prevent this type of event in the future.

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