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.