The City of Austin's water utility has issued a citywide boil-water notice, as it struggles with the impact of debris from flooding on its water treatment capabilities. This is the first time a citywide boil water notice has been issued in the history of the water utility.
Here is footage taken on Friday afternoon (10/19/18) of Tom Miller Dam with the flood gates open. Red Bud Isle is flooded with water and looks completely different.
The city is asking all customers to boil water for drinking, cooking or ice until further notice. Most kitchen and other household filters are not enough. The utility says there are no positive tests for bacteria in the system as of early Monday morning. Other activities such as showering and laundry are safe to do, but the city is also asking people to conserve water if they can. "This is simply a case of mother nature throwing more at the system than the system can currently process," City Manager Spencer Cronk said during a press conference Monday morning. "I don't know when it will end, we'll just have to take this day by day and hour by hour to see how our plants perform, see how the water quality performs," Austin Water Director Greg Meszaro said.