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Poll results: Austonia readers sound off on boil-water notice, blame Austin Water above others

Austonia readers shared their thoughts on the Austin boil-water notice. (Austonia)

Austin residents went four days being told to boil their water after a mistake made at one of the water treatment plants. As frustrations circulated, we asked our audience to share their thoughts with us.

First, we wanted to know what actions they were taking in response to the boil-water notice. Almost 47% of 228 respondents said they were drinking bottled water, but not far behind almost 40% were boiling their water.

A majority voted that Austin Water should be held responsible for the repeated city failures of three boil-water instances in four years.

Poll results of Austonia survey. (Austonia)

Respondents were given the option of sending in comments. A common theme in the comments was saying this shouldn't happen in this country at all and comparing the lack of drinking water to a third-world country.

Here are a few other comments:

  • Ridiculous for a city our size and a travesty for businesses that had to close due to lack of water.
  • Just ridiculous, we shouldn't all have to rely on just one treatment plant for the entire city... scary! Come on Austin leaders, we can do better!
  • This is unacceptable in the richest country in the world, in the capital of our state!!
  • I just moved here because it is a high tech hub, and to not have potable water for 3-4 days makes me think I moved to a third-world country! Get it together, Texas.
  • A city that hypes itself as the greatest place all the time and can't provide clean water to its residents? Please!
  • Firing someone bc a bureaucratic error? Who’s training this person and about the supervisor? I sincerely do not believe this is what took place. I challenge their integrity.
  • Remembering to not drink tap water. Keeping a water bottle in the bathroom. Otherwise, it's not that big a deal. But in my 50 years, I've never had to boil my water in any of the other cities I've lived in.


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So you want to buy a house?

To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.

Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.

Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.

So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.

Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.

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