Austin Water lifts boil water notice for most Austin residents

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The City of Austin is holding a press conference to discuss the impact of the recent storm on Austin residents, utilities, and services, as well as recovery efforts.

Austin Water has partially removed a boiling water notice for its Central, South, North, and Northwest A pressure zones. The notice remains in force for other areas.

Those in the pressure zones Central, South, North and Northwest A no longer have to boil water to drink, cook and make ice cream, as the water quality meets all legal standards in this zone according to official information.

Austin Water said in a tweet that the central pressure zone, by general definition, is:

  • West of I-35 on 38th St south to the Colorado River
  • East of I-35 from Manor Road south to the Colorado River
  • Between I-35 and South Lamar Boulevard from West Oltorf Street on the north of the Colorado River
  • Between I-35 and Montopolis Drive from East Oltorf Street north to the Colorado River
  • Between Montopolis Drive and US Highway 183 from State Highway 71 North Colorado River

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The University of Texas at Austin is in the area where the notice was lifted, but it was tweeted this afternoon that those on campus should continue to boil water and that the university will announce when water is safe to drink.

Below is the updated February 22nd map of Austin Water. You can see if the notice has been lifted where you live by clicking here or on the image below. (** NOTE: There have been some intermittent technical problems with the card. **)

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Officials say those lifted should wash household pipes, ice machines, water fountains, etc. before using them for drinking or cooking. Flushing simply means running the water to make sure fresh water is flowing through your pipes. These are the guidelines officials ask you to flush:

  • Let all of the cold taps in your house run for one minute
  • To rinse automatic ice machines, make three batches of ice and throw them away
  • Let the water softener go through a regeneration cycle

Austin Water had issued a citywide notice of boiling water due to a power failure at the agency’s largest water treatment facility on February 17.

Residents still under notification are asked to boil water to a vigorous roll boil and then boil for two minutes. Instead of boiling, Austinites can purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking or human consumption.

RELATED: Several cities in central Texas have advice on boiling water

Food and water distributed in Austin after the winter storm

Volunteers from the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex distributed food and water to the people on February 21st. Credit: @kipg via Storyful

Children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers under the advice of boiling water are encouraged to follow these instructions, says Austin Water.

If you can’t find water in stores, the city of Austin is distributing free water in 10 locations around the city today.

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