St. David’s South Austin losing water pressure, heat

St. David’s South Austin Medical Center is losing water pressure and heat due as the city's water system is overloaded with dwmand, according to a statement from the hospital. (Courtesy St. David's South Austin Medical Center)
St. David’s South Austin Medical Center is losing water pressure and heat due as the city's water system is overloaded with dwmand, according to a statement from the hospital. (Courtesy St. David's South Austin Medical Center)

St. David’s South Austin Medical Center is losing water pressure and heat due as the city's water system is overloaded with dwmand, according to a statement from the hospital. (Courtesy St. David's South Austin Medical Center)

As Austin Water is unable to meet customer demand, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center is losing water pressure, according to a statement from Chief Executive Officer David Huffstutler. Since water feeds the hospital’s boiler, that means the hospital is also losing heat. According the statement, St. David’s South Austin is one of a number of other hospitals in the Austin area facing the same loss of water pressure.

“Through our national partner, HCA Healthcare, we are able to secure and source food, linens, medication and supplies needed to care for and serve our patients,” Huffstutler said in the statement.


While the hospital and the city work to find a solution to the lack of water pressure, patients who are medically able are being discharged home, other patients are being transported to hospitals where there is available capacity.

Bottles and jugs of water are being used for patients and employees to drink and wash their hands, according to the statement. The hospital and the city are also working to secure portable toilets. There are just under 300 patients in the hospital.

Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros said Wednesday that over the past 24 hours, pumping demand has been more than double its capacity, a result of residents dripping faucets, storing water and water main breaks in the region.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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