Boil-water notice issued for Leander HS, nearby areas after water line break

A map shows the area of Leander affected by a water line break on Aug. 20.

A map shows the area of Leander affected by a water line break on Aug. 20.

Leander High School, Cedar Ridge Apartments, Shops at Leander and properties along Blueline Drive are under a boil-water notice due to a water line break near Bagdad Road and Osage Drive.

The city of Leander announced the boil-water notice Aug. 20 at 11:20 a.m., and LHS students were dismissed early.

Until further notice, water for drinking, cooking and ice-making should be boiled and cooled prior to consumption, according to state guidelines.

In a text message sent at 3:07 p.m. Aug. 20, Leander ISD spokesperson Corey Ryan said there are no changes to LHS's Wednesday schedule. "We work with schools to provide water during boil water notices," he said, adding that meals will also be provided. "Our CNS (Child Nutrition Services) crews work through it."

Crews are working to restore the break. Once water service is made available again, water samples will be taken to a lab to check for contamination. Test results will be available 24-48 hours later, according to a statement posted on the city’s website.

Until test results come back stating the water is safe, the boil water notice will remain in effect, city spokesperson Mike Neu said.

There is not an estimate on when water services will be restored at this time.

It is unlikely contamination has occurred, according to the statement, but the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires customers be notified to boil water prior to consumption.

“The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes,” the guidelines state. “In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.”

More information is available on the city's website.
By Marisa Charpentier

Reporter, Cedar Park | Leander

Marisa Charpentier joined Community Impact in September 2018. After working as an intern, she became a reporter for the Cedar Park | Leander edition in October 2018. Charpentier graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors.


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