100k gallons of wastewater flows into Carson Creek

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Water crews are responding to a wastewater overflow in the 800 block of Old Bastrop Highway that has resulted in around 100,000 gallons of wastewater flowing into Carson Creek.

The overflow, a result of a 24-inch wastewater line failure, was discovered Friday at 1:30 p.m. and crews are working to bypass and repair the pipe, according to Austin Water. Officials with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have been notified.

Austin Water officials urge the following:

  • People using private drinking water supply wells located within a half-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. People with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary.
  • People who purchase their 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 anyone does come into contact with the material, soil or water, Austin Water says to bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

In October, 50,000 gallons of wastewater overflowed due to heavy rains.

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