Austin is now in its third day of the boil water notice, and today a state-mandated boil notice was issued as flood silt stalls water treatment.
This affects homes, schools and businesses in River Place, Westminster, Glenlake, Grandview Hills, Colina Vista, The Preserve, and surrounding areas including the Trails at 620. Eateries and coffee shops are among the local businesses affected by the boil water mandate.
The notice does not affect Steiner Ranch, Comanche Trail, Strawberry Hill and areas that receive water from the Travis County Water Control and Improvement District 17.
Earlier today, Greg Meszaros, director of Austin Water, confirmed that the local water quality is improving.
Meszaros told the Austin American-Statesman that turbidity levels at Water Treatment Plant 4 dipped below 100 for the first time since the crisis began, though it is still much higher than the normal level of five.
Meszaros said overnight demand for water also dropped to a new low.
Austin Water was required by law to issue the notice after a water sample failed to meet state standards during testing, the Statesman said.
Meszaros added that the water that failed the test came from the Ullrich plant, which has had the most difficulty and seen the worst water quality of Austin Water’s treatment plants.
Austin Water said the failed test came as a result of too much demand. But once that demand dropped, tests came back within standards, the Statesman reports.
As of Wednesday afternoon, production of water was still outpacing demand.