AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin Water crews are in recovery mode after a wastewater line has failed, leaking hundreds of thousands of gallons into a tributary of Walnut Creek.

The overflow was discovered today at 9:51a.m. and contained by 12:12p.m. at 6016 Sendero Hills Parkway. So far, clean-up crews have recovered 50,000 gallons of the total 250,000.

Drinking water is not affected by the overflow.

Austin Water officials urge:

  • People 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.
  • People who purchase water from a 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  a person comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the overflow, they should bathe and wash their clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.