City of Austin, TX

05/30/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/29/2020 20:53

Construction Work Causes Sanitary Sewer Overflow

Austin Water crews are responding to a wastewater overflow at 7011 W Parmer Lane in Austin. Construction crews working in the adjacent area to a wastewater force-main struck and ruptured the line during construction activities.
The overflow was discovered at 12:11pm with repair and recovery crews on-site shortly after to assess and begin the clean up. Approximately 50,000 gallons of wastewater has been released but is being contained inside the excavated construction trench. The overflow has not reached any waterways.

This overflow has not affected Austin's drinking water supply. Officials with the Texas Commission Environmental Quality have been notified of the situation.

The clean-up is on-going and the recovery of wastewater is currently in progress.

Austin Water officials urge:

  • Persons using private drinking water supply wells located 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 two minutes 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.
  • Persons who purchase water from another public water supply may contact their water supply distributor to determine if the water is safe for personal use.
  • The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the overflow.
  • If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

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