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Flooding causes wastewater to spill into Austin waterways

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Several Austin Water facilities have been impacted by the heavy rainfall in the Austin-area.

Officials say floodwaters entered the city's waste water collection system and flowed to the South Austin Regional Wastewater Plant and the Walnut Creek Wastewater Plant, forcing the flow to be redirected to protect the plant infrastructure.

Officials say they are working to treat as much waste water as possible.

Flooding also forced the Onion Creek Wastewater plant to be taken offline. Wastewater is being directed to South Austin Regional plant.

Flooding has also impacted the operations of several lift stations. Damages at the facilities are being assessed and repairs are underway.

Officials say wastewater from the affected treatment plants and lift stations has spilled in multiple waterways, including Onion Creek, Marble Creek, Williamson Creek, Bull Creek, Lake Creek, Brushy Creek, and the Colorado River.

Texas Commission Environmental Quality officials have been notified of the situation. Residents are advised to avoid contact with the affected waterways.

Officials say the City of Austin drinking water supply is not affected. However, homeowners in the affected areas that use a well as their primary drinking water source are advised to have their wells tested.

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