Austin Water crews performing 'targeted flushing' to rid smell, taste issues

February 10, 2019 - 10:13 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Austin Water crews are working Sunday to perform "targeted flushing" in areas experiencing unusual taste and odor, officials said.

Some customers, particularly in the southern half of the city, have been experiencing smell and taste issues with their water since Thursday. Officials say the problem is due to a buildup of zebra mussels in a raw water intake pipeline at the Ullrich Water Treatment Plant.

The flushing operations help move water through the system more quickly, in an effort that utility officials hope will purge the affected water from the system.

Officials continue to emphasize that the water in the system is safe to drink and meeting all regulatory standards.

If you're still experiencing issues with your water, officials say you should call 3-1-1 to report it.

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