LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — The good news for people in Leander: crews repaired a broken water line.
The bad news? The city reported that customers in the immediate area still need to boil their water.
According to the City of Leander, a boil water notice was issued Tuesday morning after a water main break for an area that includes Leander High School, the Cedar Ridge Apartments, the Shops at Leander complex and properties along Blueline Drive.
Crews repaired the water main at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, but the boil water notice remained in effect Wednesday. Samples of the water have been collected to test for contamination. The test should take about 24 to 48 hours, and the boil water notice will be lifted once an all-clear is given.
On Wednesday some restaurants remain closed in the area, including Subway and a donut shop. However, Bahama Buck’s, a shaved ice store, reopened with a limited menu until the employees can safely use the water again.
“We’ll have to flush all of our systems,” Scott Morris, the store owner, said. “We’ll work with the health department, making sure that all of our equipment and everything that has any type of running water through it is adequately flushed and sanitized and those kind of things.”
A city spokesman told KXAN that crews now believe extremely dry soil may have shifted and caused the line to break, fracturing some older pipes underground.
Bob Foster, who owns Foster’s Plumbing in Leander, said this kind of problem keeps professionals like him very busy in central Texas.
“You have so much rock out here, and the topsoil shifts when it doesn’t get enough rain,” Foster explained. “Sometimes the ground is six inches to a foot before you hit the bedrock. If it doesn’t rain, it will just shift.”
At about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, the city reported that crews began working to shut off water and repair a large water main break on Bagdad Road near Osage Drive.
Leander High School announced Tuesday afternoon that students would be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. due to the outage.
According to LHS, staff members remained on campus to help students during dismissal and until pickup. The school also provided bottled water for students.
LHS posted that Monday’s football practice was moved to Running Brushy Middle School, and its volleyball game was moved to Anderson High School. All other school activities were canceled.
Leander ISD will have bottled water for students at affected campuses.
KXAN will update this with more information as it becomes available.