Neighborhoods located in Austin Water’s central, south, north, and northwest A pressure zones don’t have to boil their water anymore
On Monday, February 22, Austin’s citywide boil water notice has been canceled for most of the city. This includes addresses found in Austin Water’s designated pressure zones of Central, South, North, and Northwest A, which encompass most of downtown, west, east, south, and southeast areas.
Still under the water boil notice are the Northwest B and C and the Southwest A, B, and C regions. These areas must continue to boil tap water until utility crews can address issues resulting from last week’s devastating winter storm surge.
People can find out whether the boil water notice still applies to their address by looking it up using a map provided by the city or scope out the map below.
While those on the University of Texas at Austin campus are technically in the no-boil-water zone, the campus police said that the people should still boil their water.
Those who are still under the boil water notice still have to heat all water used for: drinking, cooking, making beverages (i.e. tea and coffee), washing produce and meats, washing dishes, creating ice, washing hands, brushing teeth, and giving to pets. The water must be brought to a rolling boil for at least two minutes and then cooled.
People who aren’t under the boil water notice are asked to run all faucets with cold water for one minute, make and throw out three batches of ice, and run all water softeners through regeneration cycles.
Because there are still parts of the city without working water, and many residences and businesses with broken water pipes, the city has also set up several clean water distribution points. Likewise, many breweries are offering clean refillable water, too.
The goal is to make sure the rest of the city regains its water service by the end of the day, says Greg Meszaros, the director of Austin Water in a statement. Only then, can the city lift the remainder of its boil water notices.
Austin Water had to issue the boil water notice because of a power outage at the Ullrich Water Treatment Plant on Wednesday, February 17. Currently, the water is being tested by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regularly in order to determine if it’s suitable for consumption.
In order to refill Austin’s water reservoirs, which had been depleted during the winter weather crisis, the city is still under a water restriction notice. This means water can’t be used for washing cars (including car washing businesses), filling out pools, watering crops (which would apply to farms), water fountains, and more.
Update, 2:52 p.m.: This article, originally published at 10:39 a.m., has been updated to include information from UT Austin as well as additional areas where the boil water notice has been lifted.
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