AUSTIN (KXAN) — Dave Hirschi has a nuisance neighbor, and it’s the city’s water tower next door.
“If it wasn’t for the deck we couldn’t come out here,” said Hirschi.
Hirschi tells KXAN the tower overflows often, threatening his home and his neighbors’ homes — all in the Anderson Mill neighborhood.
“It takes them about 40 minutes to get out here, and in 40 minutes that can kick out a heck of a lot of water,” he said.
While he says he’s complained to the city dozens of times in the last few years, the overflow issues took on a new level in the last week.
“In the last week it has done it four times, and two nights in a row,” said Hirschi. “So the ground is so saturated it’s got no place to go.”
A spokesperson with Austin Water told us a lightning strike likely damaged the electronic communication between the water pump and tower, causing it to overflow.
The spokesperson told us these electronics are susceptible to being damaged by lightning, and said this has happened before at the facility over the years.
Austin Water also sent KXAN a statement that reads in part:
“Austin Water has been working toward a long-term solution, known as the Tanglebriar Improvements Project, that will allow this tank to be retired within the next month (estimated by mid to late May 2019). The long-term solution will make water infrastructure improvements in the area that do not require use of this water tank.
Austin Water works to minimize water loss in our system and is working to implement the long-term solution as soon as possible. We regret the inconvenience this has caused our customers in the area.”