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Austin Water Troubles

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Post by Volkonski » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:49 am

Austin water use restrictions which had been precautionary are now mandatory.


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#Austin boil water notice mandatory as water clarity levels 'fail' state standards #AustinWaterCrisis: http://bit.ly/2NYN8qL

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NEW: Austin’s boil water notice now “mandatory” as contamination levels in water system have exceeded the legal limit. Yesterday officials called the initial boil water notice “absolutely precautionary” but today’s call is required by Texas law, per press release. #austinwater

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Re: Austin Water Troubles

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Post by Volkonski » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:52 am

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Post by Volkonski » Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:37 pm


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Video: flood waters over the bridge at Jessica Hollis Park below Mansfield Dam with still 4 flood gates open, Lake Travis in Austin at 100% capacity. Boil that drinking water in the advisory areas! @accuweather @breakingweather #txwx #LakeTravis #Austin
Mansfield Dam now releasing 26K cfs. Water level in Lake Austin where that bridge is located is rising. Lake Austin discharge thru Miller Dam has been increased slightly.

Lake Austin is the water source for 2 of Austin's 3 water treatment plants. With that kind of flow the silt will not be settling out any time soon.
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Re: Austin Water Troubles

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Post by Volkonski » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:50 am

Austin remains under mandatory boil water notice and water usage restrictions. Usage has dropped enough that the treatment plants can provide enough water.

Lake Travis will release water at about 26 K cfs into November. Travis should be below flood stage in about 9 days.

Turbidity in Lakes Travis and Austin is dropping slowly as cleaner water flows in from tributaries. The slit is very fine (due to the drought conditions before the rain started) so that it isn't settling out.

Restaurants and businesses are reopening using alternative water supplies.
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Post by Volkonski » Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:38 pm

Boil water notice lifted. :)
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Post by Azastan » Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:56 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:38 pm
Boil water notice lifted. :)
Phew.

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Post by DryInk » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:42 am

On Sunday mornings I make coffee for after the church service (18 pots!). We'd heard the boil notice would be lifted later on Sunday, so we decided to go ahead with making the coffee. Below is a typical conversation about said coffee:

Coffee drinker: Did you boil the water?
Me: No.
CD: Did you use bottled water?
Me: No.
CD: Do you think it’s safe.
Me: The chemicals in the coffee will kill you long before the contaminants in the water.
Let's just assume I said something witty.

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