Background: Water Treatment Plant 4, located in the center of Four Points, opened nearly four years ago in December of 2014. After five years of construction, the $508 million plant is now supplying Austin with drinking water along with other city of Austin plants. Because of the area flooding and the added debris, mud and silt to clean from the water supply, the city of Austin issued a first-ever city wide water boild mandate on Monday, Oct. 22. Since the city does not know how long its water treatment capabilities will be affected by the flood waters, the boil water mandate is for an undetermined amount of days. This affects River Place, Westminster Glen, Glenlake, Grandview, Colina Vista, The Preserve, Four Points Centre, etc. As of 12:35 p.m. today, Austin Water officials said they only think residents will be asked to boil water for a “handful of days.” Earlier in the morning, Travis County officials said they were preparing for 10 to 14 days of the boil order. The following article shares the background on the local Water Treatment Plant 4 and was first published on Dec. 1, 2014.
Note: The Travis County Water Control and Improvement District No. 17 Mansfield Water Treatment Plant started operations in January 2016. The plant added to WCID 17’s operations and capacity to supply water to Steiner Ranch, Comanche Trail, Strawberry Hill and other areas in Four Points. WCID 17 does not have a water boil mandate like the city of Austin put into effect yesterday. The two utilities have separate water treatment plants. This story first ran Jan. 21, 2016. Continue reading