AUSTIN, Texas — As the crisis continues in the wake of storms in Texas, Austin Water is now asking that residents in the capital city boil their water until further notice.

Austin Water Wednesday evening issued a citywide boil water notice as a result of the extreme weather conditions. The Ullrich Water Treatment Plant, Austin Water's largest water treatment facility, experienced power loss and drops in water pressures below minimum standards.

People are also being urged to conserve as much water as possible. Burst pipes at homes and businesses and increased demand due to water storage and dripping faucets are creating high water demand.

Austin Water recommends the following to conserve and avoid further boil notices:

  • Limit water use to essential needs;
  • Now that temperatures are rising, turn off dripping faucets indoors and outdoors;
  • Delay the use of appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers;
  • Report water main breaks to Austin Water at 512-972-1000;
  • If pipes at your home or business have burst, stop water waste by turning off your water at the property-owners cut-off valve. If you are unable to locate your property-owners cut-off valve or if it won’t work, then call Austin Water at 512-972-1000 for assistance with turning off your water.