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  • Austin Urged to Boil water as Texas Flood Shuts Down Treatment Plant

    By Desdemona Despair (Reporter)

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    (The Statesman) – Silt and debris from floodwaters have overwhelmed Austin’s ability to produce clean water, prompting an unprecedented citywide alert Monday that urged residents to avoid drinking tap water without boiling it first.

    By Monday evening, the situation led to a run on bottled water supplies at grocery stores throughout the region — and appeared to be worsening. City officials warned that water use was outpacing the amount of water being treated, and that residents needed to cut their personal water use by 15 to 20 percent to keep the city from running out of water altogether.

    Austin Water is restricting nearly all outdoor water use, including irrigation, washing vehicles, and adding water to pools. The utility wants to make sure an adequate supply is in place for firefighters and essential water use. Violations can be reported to 311.

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