We’re asking Austin ISD students and staff to bring bottles of cooled, boiled water to school Monday as the city is under a boil water notice.

Why it matters: We’re looking to make sure students and staff are well hydrated and safe while the city is under a boil water notice.

  • School will start as scheduled on Monday.
  • We’re temporarily removing access to water fountains and bottle refill stations.
  • We’re delivering bottled water to campuses today in case students/staff forget or run out of water.

Here’s how we will serve lunch safely: There will be a modified menu that will use less water in the cooking process.

  • Kitchens are boiling large quantities of water using industrial equipment.
  • Dishes are being sanitized with dishwashers that reach a high internal temperature.

This isn’t a plumbing problem.

  • It’s still safe to wash your hands using soap and tap water.
  • The toilets still flush.

We’re all going to be very safe as long as we use bottled or boiled water.

Driving the news: The city of Austin issued its water boil notice Saturday evening because of a malfunction at the Ullrich Water Treatment Plant.

  • Under such a notice, you should boil water for at least 2 minutes then let it cool before drinking.
  • Residents are also asked to conserve water.

Dive deeper: Stay updated and find water distribution sites at the city of Austin’s webpage. 

  • Find a list of water distribution sites open Sunday here.