Thanks to record rainfall and flooding in the last two weeks, residents of Austin Texas area urged to boil tap water before consuming it.
Record flooding is responsible for bringing tons of debris, silt, and mud into our city’s water supply that must be filtered out before the water is considered to be safe for consumption once again.
More Than 1 Million Customers Served Locally
With a city that’s growing at a record pace, there’s a HUGE demand for water in the Austin TX area. Thankfully, there’s plenty of water to go around right now due to the rains but until the water is considered to be safe to drink, every Austin resident must boil water especially for making ice, drinking or cooking.
Residents of Austin area also encouraged to avoid drinking water from local fountains until the city’s water is considered to be safe once again.
Is There A Bacterial Infiltration?
Thankfully, as of today there is no report of a bacterial infiltration in the local water supply but with that being said, the city has urged residents to boil water because insufficiently treated water could contain bacteria that may cause diarrhea or other symptoms especially for young children, elderly individuals or people with weak immune systems.
Residents Rush for Bottled Water
The boil-water notice prompted a rush on bottled water at grocery stores such as H-E-B, where shelves were emptied of supplies.
Starbucks shops suspended service of any coffee and espresso until the boil-water notice is lifted. It would continue to serve bottled and packaged products.
Mayor Stever Adler says that “the unprecedented rain and runoff through our entire lake system has simply overwhelmed our treatment capacity.”
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