Texas flooding prompts boil-water notice for Austin providers
All hospitals, healthcare facilities and residents of Austin, Texas, last week had to boil water for drinking and food preparation due to floodwaters overwhelming the city’s water treatment facilities.
Travis County authorities expected the boil water order to last 10 to 14 days as the city works to restore its water treatment system, which serves nearly 900,000 people. Heavy rains inundated the Highland Lakes above the city—from which the city gets its water—with mud and silt, slowing the water-treatment process.
The Seton Healthcare Family, owned by Ascension, activated its emergency management team at its six Austin hospitals, including Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, as well as at its clinics and outpatient centers.
Seton staff and patients are using bottled and boiled water in the cafeterias and for personal consumption, said Seton spokeswoman Kathleen Hadlock. She said the boil-water precautions had not caused any disruption in patient care, and no one has gotten sick due to contaminated water.