More than 100,000 gallons of wastewater spilled into Walnut Creek


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A malfunctioning lift station caused more than 100,000 gallons of wastewater to flow into Walnut Creek in east Austin last week. 

Austin Water says it didn’t discover the problem until the afternoon of Friday, July 27. By that time, the wastewater had gone into a tributary of Walnut Creek near the area around Ed Bluestein Boulevard and Farm to Market 969. 

Once crews discovered the problem, they were able to repair it and stop the overflow. Austin Water sent out the release about the overflow Tuesday afternoon.

Austin Water says the water supply was not affected and “subsequent monitoring verified that public health and safety and the environment were not affected either.”

However, people who use private drinking water from wells within a half-mile of the overflow site should use only water that has been distilled or boiled. 

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