Austin Citywide Mandatory Boil Water Notice
Due to recent flooding, city officials called for residents of Austin to avoid drinking tap water without boiling it first. Silt and debris from floodwaters are the reasons Austin water utility is having trouble cleaning the water.
The water quality did not meet the standard, so the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued residents to boil their water. Officials have also advised city residents to restrain their water consumption by 15 to 20 percent.
Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your safety.
Boil Your Water
- You should boil your water for at least three minutes to ensure all harmful bacteria and viruses are destroyed. Boil water before cooking, drinking, making ice, washing fruit and vegetables, and brushing your teeth.
Use Water Bottles When Possible
- If boiling water isn’t an option, using bottled water is the best alternative.
Use a Reverse Osmosis Water Filter
- Filter systems remove many pollutants that are commonly found in unfiltered tap water.
- A whole house water filter cleans and improves the quality of water throughout your entire house. Rather than just purifying your drinking water, the system cleans all water that enters your home.
Limit using non-boiled tap water
- Limit using the tap water as much as possible, even if it’s not for consumption, i.e, laundry, washing dishes, showering, etc.
Do not drink from water fountains or other drinks that use tap water.
- Most public places have closed or covered their water fountains and soda fountains, but you should still be careful as to accidentally drink from one.
Remember to give your pets bottled water or boiled water as they too can be harmed from the contaminants in the water.
Be careful not to drink any water while taking a shower.