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City deals with wastewater main break

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Early yesterday morning, the Austin Water Utility was sent to repair a 16-inch break in a wastewater main in North Austin. The break, which happened at FM 620 between Four Points Drive and Zimmerman Lane, poured 100,000 gallons of “sanitary sewage overflow” in the area. According to a city press release, the problem hasn’t affected the water supply and that they’ve let the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality know about the situation. However, officials advise that anyone relying on a private water supply well “within 1/2-mile of the overflow site or within the potentially affected area should use only water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute for all personal uses including drinking, cooking, bathing, and tooth brushing. Individuals with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.” Residents should check any water they buy from distributors to ensure its safety. And anyone exposed to waste material should “bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.”

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