Live winter storm updates: City of Austin issues boil water notice (2023)

Austin residents warned to boil water before using it

The City of Austin issued a boil water notice Saturday night due to what it called an “internal treatment process issue” that caused high turbidity — cloudiness in the water — and knocked out service at Austin Water’s Ullrich Treatment Plant.

The city texted and phoned water customers in English and Spanish: “BOIL WATER NOTICE: All Austin Water customers MUST boil water before using it for eating or drinking until further notice. Water must come to a rolling boil for two minutes, then allowed to cool...”

City officials said there were no power disruptions at any of the city’s drinking water plants and that the failure had nothing to do with the recent winter storm or freezing temperatures. Last February, the same water plant lost power, resulting in widespread water outages and a boil water notice that lasted nearly a week.

Mayor Steve Adler said the current boil water notice would likely last “a couple of days.”

"We all need to do our part when something like this happens, and we will,” Adler said in a news release. “We can also be frustrated, as I am, that there's yet another situation to deal with. We can be thankful, too, that the situation was noticed quickly and steps taken, any public health risk is very, very small, and we're much better prepared right now with equipment and supplies as we open water distribution stations.”

Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros said officials are still evaluating what caused the “upset,” which he said occurred during the process of clarifying water at the plant.

He stressed the problem was not due to the winter storm. “We were through that event and actually we're feeling pretty celebratory that everything went well, and then today, we had this event. So just kind of coincidental that the two arrived near each other,” he said.

Austin Water said it is maintaining water service by increasing water production at the city’s Davis and Handcox Water Treatment Plants and by carefully managing pumping within the network of water pipelines.

Any water recovered from plumbing systems should be boiled before drinking or cooking with it following the guidelines at

Residents are advised to boil tap water vigorously for at least two minutes prior to using it for drinking or cooking (the minute starts when the water begins to bubble). This includes water used for brushing teeth, making ice, washing raw foods, preparation of drinks and water for pets. — Jeremy Schwartz

State leaders say Texas has passed peak power demand during the storm

Texas officials said Friday that they believe that the state has passed the peak power demand in this week’s winter storm, and that the grid has held up without major outages.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state’s power grid operator, forecast that electricity demand Friday morning would reach roughly 74,000 megawatts. However, it topped out at only about 69,000 megawatts.

“We do not expect demand to exceed that amount for the rest of the storm,” Gov. Greg Abbott said. “At the height of power generation supply, more than 86,000 megawatts of power was available. … That's important because that far exceeds the estimated demand during last year’s winter storm.”

Most of the state remains in low temperatures, with North Texas remaining at or below freezing temperatures as of Friday afternoon. Abbott said the entire state is expected to be at or below freezing temperatures Friday night and most of the state will see subfreezing temperatures for the next few nights.

Experts estimate that last year during Winter Storm Uri, peak electricity demand would have been around 77,000 megawatts. Abbott said due to improvements made following last year’s widespread outages, the grid would have been equipped to meet that level of demand.

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Many Texans braced themselves for the cold snap across the state, nervous after last year’s weeklong and widespread blackouts. But so far, the situation has been a fairly typical Texas cold front. Demand on Texas’ electrical grid was far lower than ERCOT, the state’s grid operator, had predicted.

Abbott said the grid’s performance this week should give residents confidence.

“The Texas electric grid is more reliable and more resilient than it has ever been,” he said.

While officials say the worst of the storm may be behind the state, they still warned of dangerous driving conditions and cautioned Texans to stay off roads when possible.

There were around 20,000 Texans without electricity as of Friday morning, Abbott said. He said this was due to local incidents, such as downed lines, not strain on the electrical grid. Officials stressed that anyone who loses power should call their local power provider.

Abbott credited the surplus of energy to changes that legislators made following last year’s winter storm.

After last February's blackouts, Texas lawmakers passed legislation aimed at preventing electricity blackouts, but it will likely take years before those changes are fully implemented.

Two major bills included key changes to the state’s power grid that energy experts said will begin to address some issues, such as requiring power companies to upgrade their plants to withstand more extreme weather and creating a statewide emergency alert system.

The legislation said power regulators needed to ensure all power plants were weatherized, a rule the Public Utility Commission adopted this fall. Meanwhile, lawmakers approved legislation that said oil and gas companies did not need to be weatherized until 2023. — Reese Oxner

Power restored to thousands who lost electricity in Galveston County

Thousands of Galveston County residents lost power as temperatures dropped Friday night, but Texas-New Mexico Power said in a tweet shortly before 11 p.m. that electricity had been restored to customers.

A KHOU-TV reporter said in a tweet that the state’s main power grid operator didn’t expect the outage in Galveston County, which was reportedly caused by a transmission line, to impact the rest of the state.

Shortly before 9 p.m., more than 17,000 customers in the Texas City and La Grange area were without power. That number dropped to more than 11,000 by 9:47 p.m. The power company had said electricity would be restored by 3 a.m., but it announced the problem was fixed hours before that time.

Along with power outages, many residents reported seeing flames in the night as plants had to burn off chemicals since they had no power, as first reported by ABC 13.

“At this time a large portion of the city is without power. The plants are flaring. As of now there are no threats to the community. Emergency Management is monitoring the situation,” Texas City Emergency Management posted on Facebook around 7 p.m.

As of 9:30 p.m. Friday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas was showing plenty of power capacity to meet the demand across Texas. — Emily Hernandez

Icy road conditions lead to accidents, but no major blackouts

As ice and sleet persist on Texas roadways, a number of crashes were reported across the state.

In Kerrville, a series of accidents on a major highway backed traffic up for miles. Local agencies are advising Texans to stay off roads due to icy conditions.

Texas regulators expected power demand to peak at around 8 a.m. Friday, but there were no reports of widespread outages or major strain on the grid at the time.

On Friday morning, about 20,500 Texans were without power, according to, a site that aggregates power outage data from utility companies. That means 99.9% of Texas customers have power. The power outages were concentrated in Hunt County, where 10.4% of customers tracked do not have electricity.

Electricity demand on Friday morning was at over 68,0000 megawatts, just shy of the 69,000 megawatts of demands in February 2021 when the grid failed. But the CEO of Texas’ power grid operator told The Texas Tribune on Wednesday the state has a larger cushion of power than last year.

As the state continues to see freezing temperatures, hundreds of flights have been canceled, with the majority of cancellations out of the Dallas-Fort Worth International airport. Many schools and universities have also extended closures through Friday. — Sneha Dey

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State leaders project higher peak electricity demand on Friday

Texas is expected to see more demand for electricity on Friday morning than previously projected, power grid leaders said Thursday, but they don’t expect systemwide blackouts.

The roughly 74,000 megawatts of demand officials are now forecasting is up from the roughly 72,000 megawatts they had previously expected for Friday, when demand is expected to peak during the winter storm that moved through the state starting late Wednesday.

Both projected numbers would top the electricity demand from last February, when it peaked at about 69,000 megawatts before the grid crashed, millions of Texans lost power for days in subfreezing temperatures and hundreds of people died.

A major issue last year was the reduced flow of natural gas to power plants that run on gas. This year, officials said they are not concerned because the grid has plenty of excess power supply. Commissioner Christi Craddick of the state’s Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, said some natural gas producers are having “challenges in the field,” but added that she was not concerned.

“The gas is flowing,” Craddick said at a Thursday news conference with Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders. “So I don’t think that any challenges we see in the field are affecting what’s going on across the state.”

The Texas Oil and Gas Association said Thursday that early indicators “suggest production declines will increase throughout the day” but reported that pipelines are reporting good pressure and plenty of storage despite the declines.

Around 1 p.m. Thursday, about 53,000 Texas customers were without power, according to the website Abbott and other leaders said the grid is stable and prepared and that the grid operator does not expect to ask Texans to conserve electricity.

They emphasized that the outages around the state on Thursday are not related to the management of the power grid, but tied to local problems such as icy power lines or trees falling on power lines. — Mitchell Ferman

Texas cities, counties open warming centers

With temperatures expected to drop overnight, warming centers have opened up across the state.

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The Texas Division of Emergency Management has advised people in need of a warming center to contact 211.

Here are warming centers across the state:

— Sneha Dey

No widespread outages, crashes reported Thursday morning as cold snap hits Texas

Heading into Thursday, Texans braced themselves for a new winter storm nearly a year after a deadly freeze caused a barrage of widespread power outages and infrastructure failures that left millions without electricity and water for days.

But while most of the state started the day with below-freezing temperatures, there weren’t any widespread outages or traffic crashes reported as of early Thursday.

On Thursday morning, there were around 70,000 scattered local power outages across the state, according to, a site that aggregates power outage data from utility companies. That number represents about 0.6% of customers in Texas that the website tracks.

“Resources and personnel are being pre-positioned ahead of the severe weather arrival to ensure any necessary restoration work can begin as soon and as safely as possible,” Oncor, one of the state’s largest transmission and delivery utilities, said on its website.

Brad Jones, CEO of Texas’ power grid operator, told The Texas Tribune he expects electricity demand to peak around 8 a.m. Friday and set a new record for demand during the winter. However, he says this year, the state has a much larger cushion of power and that there shouldn’t be widespread outages.

Much of Texas is expected to see freezing rain, sleet, ice and dangerous wind chills as the cold weather continues through Saturday.

The Texas Department of Transportation was showing hundreds of reported snow and ice patches on roads Thursday morning, with many local agencies heeding residents against travel.

Experts project a much less catastrophic cold snap this year compared to 2021’s Winter Storm Uri. Still, many Texans expressed anxiety as the cold front approached and took several precautions that they learned from last year’s storm. Many counties remain under winter storm warnings or advisories.

Ahead of the storm, some schools and universities closed for the rest of the week. Hundreds of Texas flights were canceled. Crews pretreated roads to mitigate freezes. Texans emptied grocery store shelves as they hurried to stock up on items in the days prior to temperatures dropping.

State officials have cautioned Texans to avoid potential exposure to carbon monoxide, including by running cars in enclosed spaces or using charcoal grills indoors. At least 11 people died last year from carbon monoxide poisoning during last year’s weeklong power outages

— Reese Oxner

Record electricity demand expected, but grid operator doesn’t expect mass outages

The CEO of Texas’ power grid operator expects electricity demand to peak around 8 a.m. Friday — and set a new record for demand during the winter.

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The head of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas says he’s confident there will be enough power generation to keep Texans’ power on.

CEO Brad Jones forecasts about 72,000 megawatts of demand Friday morning. That would surpass last February’s roughly 69,000 megawatts of demand before the grid faltered and there were dayslong power outages across the state that left millions in the dark in subfreezing temperatures. Hundreds of people died.

But the difference this year is ERCOT has a much larger cushion of power available to the grid, Jones told The Texas Tribune on Wednesday evening. Jones said he expects ERCOT to have around 81,000 megawatts of power generation available for the grid.

Still, Jones said he is nervous about the performance of the natural gas supply this week. Many of the power plants that generate electricity for the grid run on natural gas. That system’s ability to perform in the cold has been in question since last February, when the winter storm caused power outages and equipment failures that choked off much of the fuel supply to many electricity generators when they needed it most to produce electricity.

“I’m always nervous about gas,” Jones said.

— Mitchell Ferman

"Treacherous” road conditions expected as winter storm arrives

With last year’s deadly winter storm still fresh in their memory, Texans across the state are bracing for a new bout of severe weather and the possibility of more power outages.

Meteorologists have anticipated that this year’s freeze won’t be on the same scale as last year’s. Freezing temperatures are expected across Central Texas, the Panhandle and parts of the Southwest. Forecasters say the cold should not last as long as last year’s storm and that Texans should see more ice and sleet rather than snow.

However, winter weather warnings and advisories have been issued for a majority of the state, with low temperatures starting Wednesday evening and lasting through Friday across West, Central and North Texas.

The National Weather Service warned Texans to be aware of “treacherous” road conditions. Across the state, the Texas Department of Transportation has started pretreating roads to help prevent ice accumulation on roadways ahead of severe winter weather.

Allyson Waller

Schools and colleges announce closures

As of Wednesday afternoon, school districts and universities across the state have already planned for closures this week. Some of the state’s most populous districts, like Austin ISD and Dallas ISD, have announced they will close Thursday and Friday.

Here are some media outlets you can follow to keep track of school closures in your local area:

— Allyson Waller

How to prepare for the winter storm

Read our coverage below for more information on how to prepare for severe winter weather, the role of climate change and the state’s power grid.

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  • A winter storm is heading to Texas. Here’s what that means for the power grid.
  • Winters get warmer with climate change. So what explains Texas’ cold snap in 2021?
  • The 2021 winter storm caught Texans by surprise. Here’s how to prepare this year.

— Allyson Waller

Disclosure: El Paso Times and Oncor have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribunes journalism. Find a complete list of them here.


Has boil water notice been lifted in Austin Texas? ›

No boil water notice has been issued or is expected to be issued.” KXAN also reached out to Austin Water for more details about current operations.

Is Austin TX under a boil water notice? ›

WCID 17 has not issued any boil water notices or water quality alerts as a result of the recent weather events.

How long will the Austin boil water notice last? ›

How long will the need to boil water continue? Public notification will be given when a boil water notice or order is lifted. Typically the need to boil water lasts for 24 to 48 hours, but can be longer and may last for several days or more.

Is the water ban lifted in Austin Texas? ›

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Water has announced that mandatory water-use restrictions are lifted but customers will need to continue boiling their water for now.

Can you drink the water in Austin now? ›

Austin's drinking water met all national and state water quality standards in 2021.

Can you shower during a boil water notice? ›

You can continue to use tap water for bathing, showering, washing dishes and clothes during a Boil Water Advisory, as long as you take precautions that no one drinks it. Toddlers and young children are most at risk of accidental ingestion during bathing, so need to be watched carefully.

Is the boil ban in Austin over? ›

On February 8, City of Austin issued the all-clear to lift the boil water notice for all customers of Austin Water.

What happens if you ignore a boil water advisory? ›

"It's very dirty, lots of germs, there could be viruses in there, hepatitis, there could be bacteria," she said. "These are germs that could definitely get a person very ill, get their pets ill, send you to the hospital ... during this trying time, that's just not something that could be very helpful for any of us."

What happens if you accidentally drink water during a boil water advisory? ›

Even if someone has consumed potentially contaminated water before they were aware of the boil water advisory, the likelihood of becoming ill is low. Anyone experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, with or without fever, should contact their healthcare provider.

How long should you run water after boil water notice? ›

To clear hot-water pipes and water heater of untreated water, flush the hot water line for a minimum of 15 minutes for a typical household 40-gallon hot-water tank, 30 minutes for an 80- gallon hot water tank or larger.

Can I wash dishes with boil notice? ›

Washing dishes

If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils during a boil water advisory. Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if: The water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (66°Celsius), or. The dishwater has a sanitizing cycle.

How long do you have to boil water for it to be good? ›

Bring the clear water to a rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes). Let the boiled water cool. Store the boiled water in clean sanitized containers with tight covers.

What stage of water restrictions is Austin in? ›

The City of Austin is currently in Stage 1 Drought Water Use Restrictions.

When can I water my yard in Austin? ›

Residential with Hose-End Irrigation System Watering Days and Hours: Even Number Addresses: Thursday and Sunday, from midnight to 8 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to midnight. Odd Number Addresses: Wednesday and Saturday, from midnight to 8 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to midnight.

Can you use a pressure washer during water restrictions? ›

A hosepipe ban means no filling the paddling pool, switching on the sprinklers or washing the car (and yes, a pressure washer is part of the ban).

Can I shower in Austin right now? ›

Austin's water may be considered too dirty to drink right now, but experts say Austinites can still safely shower.

Can you drink while walking in Austin? ›

Effectively, yes, KUT reports. An Austin police officer told the station that city law does in fact allow for residents to walk around with an open container in “most neighborhoods.”

Can we shower in Austin Water? ›

IS THE WATER SAFE FOR WASHING DISHES, LAUNDRY, AND BATHING? The water is safe for washing dishes, but you should use hot, soapy water and rinse dishes in boiled water. There are no restrictions on doing laundry. The water is also safe for bathing.

Can dogs drink water under a boil advisory? ›

They're reminding pet owners that this boil water advisory also applies to all pets as well. At the non-profit animal shelter, they're advising all households to only give pets cooled boiled water or bottled water until further notice.

Can you boil water in a microwave? ›

Yes, water can be boiled in a microwave using a microwave-safe container. Use a wooden stick (like a chopstick or coffee stir stick) in your microwave safe container to prevent superheated water.

How do you flush after boil advisory? ›

Steps to Take

Begin with the lowest faucet in your home or business and then open the other faucets one at a time, moving from your lowest floor to your highest. After five minutes, turn off your faucets in reverse order, from highest to lowest. You should also flush your refrigerator's water lines.

Do I need to change my water filter after a boil notice? ›

Water Filters

You should boil your tap water even if it is filtered. Most kitchen and other household water filters do not remove bacteria or viruses. Filters collect germs from water, so all water filters should be replaced after the advisory has been lifted.

How long will you be sick after drinking contaminated water? ›

Some may feel ill three to four days after eating or drinking from a contaminated source, but it's not uncommon for a person to feel ill on day one or even day ten. How is it treated? Most people who become ill from E. coli will feel better in five to seven days, without any medications.

What happens if you accidentally drink tap water? ›

If you accidentally drink tap water, don't panic – the chances of becoming ill are slim. If you do get sick, the symptoms are similar to food poisoning: nausea, diarrhea, cramps, and possibly a mild fever.

Can I drink water from the sink if I boil it? ›

Boiling the water kills microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, or protozoans that can cause disease. Boiling makes the tap water microbiologically safe. Bring tap water to a full rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using.

Can boiled water still be contaminated? ›

Boiling water can only remove solids and bacteria, meaning it will not remove harmful substances such as chlorine and lead from tap water. Furthermore, boiling tap water with lead actually concentrates this contaminant making it more dangerous than if left alone.

How do I know if I drank contaminated water? ›

Symptoms of gastrointestinal illness from contaminated water can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting. Those symptoms can take 24 to 48 hours to develop, says Forni, so you might not get sick for a day or two after drinking bad water.

Can you drink fridge water during a boil order? ›

Can you drink filtered water from your refrigerator or pitcher during a boil water advisory? No. Water filters found in refrigerators and pitchers do not remove harmful bacteria or viruses. This includes the filtered water supply used to form the ice in your freezer, by the way.

What should we do after boil water 4 minutes? ›

What to do after a boil water advisory is lifted. After the advisory is lifted, flush the plumbing in your home by running all cold water faucets for at least five minutes each. You should also flush all appliances connected to the water line, like refrigerators and dishwashers.

What happens if you leave water on the boil too long? ›

However, if you boil the water too long or reboil it, you risk concentrating certain undesirable chemicals that may be in your water. Examples of chemicals that become more concentrated include nitrates, arsenic, and fluoride.

Can you make coffee under a boil water advisory? ›

Question: Can you use your coffee maker during a boil water advisory? Answer: Most coffee makes cannot maintain high temperatures for a long enough time to make the water safe to drink. Coffee can be made by using water that has already been boiled for one minute before adding to the coffee maker.

Can you put dish soap in boiling water? ›

No. This is ill-advised. Changes in heat generate chemical reactions. Raising the temperature of many chemicals can cause them to produce toxic gases or other substances.

Does food boil faster covered or uncovered? ›

A covered pot boils faster than an uncovered one because the cooling presence of the room's atmosphere is greatly diminished. Once the liquid comes to a boil, the options widen.

What bacteria can survive boiling water? ›

Although, some bacterial spores not typically associated with water borne disease are capable of surviving boiling conditions (e.g. clostridium and bacillus spores), research shows that water borne pathogens are inactivated or killed at temperatures below boiling (212°F or 100°C).

Why do you have to wait 30 minutes after boiling water? ›

Water that hasn't been boiled can also contain bacteria. Formula therefore needs to be made up with water hot enough to kill the bacteria, which is at least 70 degrees C. This means boiling the kettle and leaving it to cool for no longer than 30 minutes, so that it remains at a temperature of at least 70 degrees C.

What is the healthiest water to drink? ›

Mineral, structured, and pure spring water are some of the healthiest water you can drink because they're clean and contain all the essential minerals your body needs. Filtered water removes contaminants but might also remove essential minerals.

Do I still need to boil my water Austin TX? ›

Now that Austin Water lifted the boil water notice, its customers no longer need to boil water used for drinking, cooking and making ice. Water quality testing submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has confirmed that tap water meets all regulatory standards and is safe for human consumption.

Is Austin under boil water notice? ›

No boil water notice has been issued or is expected to be issued.”

Do I need to drip faucets Austin? ›

It does not need to be a running trickle. If you do drip your faucet, capture the water for future use. For informational videos and updated weather guidance go to: If you experience a power outage for more than 24 hours, stop dripping your faucets and turn off your water at the meter.

Is it better to water lawn in the morning or evening? ›

Watering in the morning (before 10 a.m.) is the best time for your lawn; it's cooler and winds tend to be calmer so water can soak into the soil and be absorbed by the grass roots before it can evaporate.

At what temperature should you not water your grass? ›

Avoid watering grass on a hot afternoon when it's 95 degrees or higher. The best time to water grass is at dawn or in the early evening. Water deeply three times a week instead of a little water daily. Test whether your sprinkler system is watering your lawn evenly.

How long to run sprinklers in Austin? ›

If you have seasonal color or flowers, setting your sprinklers to come on twice a week at low times (5-8 minutes) should be sufficient. However, watering during the Winter may not be required if you have drought tolerant plantings.

Where should you not pressure wash a house? ›

#1 Water in the Walls

there is an excellent chance that washing your house with a high pressure washer will shoot water up under the siding, potentially soaking wall cavities, insulation, wiring, flooring, plaster, etc. Nothing is beyond the reach of these powerful water guns.

When should you not pressure wash your house? ›

Ideally, you would pressure wash your house between March and November. But, if you must do it during the wintertime, make sure to avoid temperatures below 40 degrees. If the temperature is too cold, it could damage your pressure washer, put you at risk, and freeze the surfaces you wash.

When you pressure wash someone's house do you use their water? ›

Answered by jmkreisle: Almost any pressure washing service provider that is professional will have a water tank on truck or trailer. Most will still use the properties water provided it has adequate flow and supply.

Is Austin boil Notice still in effect? ›

Customers no longer need to boil water before consuming. Tap water meets all regulatory standards and is safe for human consumption. AUSTIN – Austin Water has lifted the boil water notice for customers.

How many boil water notices has Austin had? ›

Austin has issued 3 boil water notices in 4 years |

Can I drink water from the sink Austin? ›

The answer is yes. The tap water in Austin and nearby areas including Round Rock is safe to drink. However, the area is known for its hard water, which can make the water taste funny. In addition, hard water can leave behind mineral deposits and red stains on fixtures.

Can I wash my hands during a boil notice? ›

In many cases, you can use tap water and soap to wash hands during a boil water advisory. Follow the guidance from your local public health officials. Be sure to scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Then, rinse them well under running water.

Can you wash dishes under a boil notice? ›

Yes, with modifications if you're washing them by hand.

Combine 1 teaspoon of household bleach with 1 gallon of water in a clean container and set aside. Wash and rinse dishes using hot water. Soak rinsed dishes in the prepared bleach solution for at least 1 minute. Allow dishes to thoroughly air dry on a clean surface.

Can you wash clothes during a boil notice? ›

Yes, unless a "Do Not Use" notification has been issued, it is safe to wash clothes in tap water as long as the clothes are completely dried before being worn. However, increased turbidity that sometimes occurs during a boil water event may discolor clothing, especially whites.

Where is the hardest water in Texas? ›

San Antonio and Austin, Texas

In the Lone Star State, residents of San Antonio and Austin regularly contend with hard water issues. In fact, the region is home to some of the hardest water in the nation, with levels measuring 15-20 grains per gallon.

When did Austin boil water notice go into effect? ›

Austin Water has issued three citywide boil water notices in its history. The first one occurred in October 2018 and the second was in February 2021 during the winter storm.

What is the water situation in Austin? ›

Austin is currently in Stage 1 Drought Response.

Can I wash dishes in Austin water? ›

The water is safe for washing dishes, but you should use hot, soapy water and rinse dishes in boiled water. There are no restrictions on doing laundry. The water is also safe for bathing.

Can I drink my bathroom sink water? ›

So, is it safe to drink tap water from the bathroom? Probably not. It's unlikely to kill you but the clean water from the cold tap in your kitchen is a far better option. If you're prone to needing a drink in the night then maybe keep a fresh glass of kitchen tap water on your nightstand.

How long should you run water after boil water advisory? ›

Run tap water until the water feels cold, one minute or more, before drinking, brushing teeth, or using for food preparation. If you have a single-lever faucet, set it to run the cold water first.

How do you flush pipes after boil water advisory? ›

Begin with the lowest faucet in your home or business and then open the other faucets one at a time, moving from your lowest floor to your highest. After five minutes, turn off your faucets in reverse order, from highest to lowest. You should also flush your refrigerator's water lines.

How long does it take to get sick after drinking bad water? ›

Anyone who has been drinking from a contaminated source can experience vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains and mild fever. Some may feel ill three to four days after eating or drinking from a contaminated source, but it's not uncommon for a person to feel ill on day one or even day ten.


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