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Along with the Central Austin pressure zones, the South, North and Northwest A zones (pictured in green above), are no longer under a boil-water notice as of mid-day Monday.

The remaining five zones are undergoing state-mandated sampling, with results due tomorrow. Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros said he is hopeful that the notice will be lifted for those areas where it remains in effect during a press conference on Wednesday.


Testing of water began Sunday after the notice went into effect by Austin Water last week and is still in effect for other parts of Austin (in yellow above). The utility issued a boil water notice after a power outage at the Ullrich Water Plant and low pressure system wide occurred amid a historic winter storm event that swept over Texas. Over a hundred public water mains burst or broke, as well as "tens of thousands" of similar events on private property, such as residences and businesses, Meszaros said. "The biggest remaining task we have ... is repairing water main breaks," he added.

According to Austin Water, once the notice is lifted, residents should:

  • Run all cold water faucets for one minute.
  • Flush automatic ice makers, make three batches of ice and discard.
  • Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle.
For others still affected by the boil-water notice and unable to purchase water, drinking water can be found here.

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A native of Fairfield, Texas, Partain grew up playing youth soccer. In her high school years, she played alongside her mother in what was then called the Freestone County Hispanic Women's Soccer League.

Claire's coverage philosophy: "I like to bring out the humanity of sports, and I want to make this the most accessible sports coverage possible."

She notes that soccer is the predominant sport for young people. "It's a global sport, and we're more connected to the world than older generations."

That approach fits the team's already visible presence in Austin, says Austonia CEO Mark Dewey. "Austin FC has established itself as a leading Austin brand, one that stands for a more unified Austin community, a bigger global presence for Austin and fun. Austonia shares those values."

Partain's soccer coverage begins immediately, with her free, hosted text service—Austonia FC. For updates, special access and inside info, all moderated by Claire, sign up below.

Austonia is the city's independent, free, locally-owned and all-digital source for Austin news, information and entertainment.

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