LEANDER, Texas – The City of Leander Monday reported the boil water notice that was issued over the weekend will remain in effect for much of the city’s population until at least Friday.
Saturday’s notice, according to city officials, was prompted by a sharp drop in water system pressures. However, it’s believed the risk of contamination is low. Boil water notices, officials stated, are often triggered by water line breaks, floods or other infiltration disruptions, which wasn’t the case in this instance.
Crews are currently flushing out affected water lines and sampling and testing is slated to begin Tuesday.
In addition to the boil water notice, residents are urged to cease or restrict outdoor watering for the duration of the week.
"Peak water demands in the summer are largely caused by outdoor watering," City of Leander Public Information Officer Mike Neu said. "If affected customers can stop irrigation over the next few days, and all residents can limit outdoor watering, our water system will recover much faster."
During a boil water notice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following:
- Use only boiled or bottled water for drinking, cooking, and to brush teeth.
- If bottled water is not available, bring tap water to a boil for a full minute and then allow it too cool prior to use. Boil tap water even if a filter is in use.
- Handwashing with tap water and soap is OK.
- Bathing and showering with tap water is OK so long as you don’t swallow any water.
The approximate area affected by the boil water notice lies within the blue lines.