AUSTIN, Texas – Officials with Austin Water are asking all customers to cut back on their water use as much as possible in the wake of recent flooding.

Austin Water said that the flooding caused the Highland Lakes to contain higher levels of debris, silt, and mud. As a result it is taking more time to filter and treat the water to remove the higher levels of silt and debris.

However despite the elevated levels, officials said the water is still safe to drink.

Water conservation tips:

  • No outdoor watering,
  • Minimize indoor water use by postponing clothes washing and dishwashing as long as possible, and
  • Taking shorter showers

Austin Water said that it will continue to monitor the plant operations and will provide regular updates on social media and their website.

Director Greg Meszaros posted the following message on Twitter: