Friday, March 25, 2022

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Incident, 3:05 p.m. on March 25

Austin Water crews are responding to a domestic wastewater overflow near 2704 Catalina Drive, in the collection system of the South Austin Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Due to a leaking wastewater main, there was an overflow of over 100,000 gallons of wastewater into a tributary of Country Club Creek.

The overflow was discovered at 3:05 p.m. on March 25 and was stopped by 3:34 p.m. by means of a bypass. Crews are currently making repairs. Recovery, hauling, and cleanup is in progress.

This overflow does not affect 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 possible‎. 

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

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