City of Austin, TX

09/25/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/25/2021 10:12

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Reported on FM 620

Austin, TX - Austin Water crews have responded to a domestic wastewater overflow from a broken force wastewater main located near 8111 N FM 620. The force main was damaged from a utility contractor working the area. Austin Water and contractor crews are working to repair the damage. At this time, over 100,000 gallons of wastewater have spilled into a commercial storm drain. Austin Water crews set up a temporary dam and pumps to collect the spilled wastewater.

The overflow was discovered at about 5:56 p.m. on September 24, 2021 and was contained at about 7:00 a.m. this morning. Repairs have been completed. Austin Water crews will continue to work in the area performing recovery and hauling until the cleanup is complete.

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

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 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.
  • 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 possibleā€Ž.

If you have any questions, please contact
Austin Water Public Information Office 512-972-0499