AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Water is continuing to troubleshoot the city’s odorous water.

  • Zebra mussels caused odor
  • City removing zebra mussels from pipelines
  • Flushing to move water through system

City officials say the smell is a result of decomposition of zebra mussels in water pipelines.  Crews have been removing zebra mussels from intake valves and pipes and using a short term chemical to retard them.

On Saturday, the city said the water was improving and was still safe to drink.

READ MORE | What is The City Doing to Improve Austin's Smelly Water?

On Sunday, Austin Water tweeted that crews are performing targeted flushing to help water move quickly through the system. They say water customers in the targeted areas are still experiencing unusual taste and odor.

According to a map Austin Water tweeted, most of the flushing is concentrated in South Austin. The flushing will be ongoing as Austin Water continues seeing improvements. They’re asking customers who are still experiencing issues to call 311.


Map of areas targeted for flushing (Austin Water)
Map of areas targeted for flushing (Austin Water)