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Water service partially restored for parts of Northwest, South Austin

American-Statesman Staff

Austin's municipal water supply continued to improve overnight but remained too low to restore service to most of the city.

Austin Water, the city's water utility, reported that it had restored some service to parts of South Austin and Northwest Austin, but those areas will be experiencing low water pressure for now. Individual residences may see varying levels of service and might also be dealing with burst pipes that cause water to be shut off at an individual property or site.

Complete outages remain in effect for a large swath of North Austin and much of Southwest Austin.

Austin Water outage map for Sunday, Feb. 21

After massive water losses and system failures caused by last week's freezing cold and electrical blackouts, Austin Water is attempting to regain operating storage levels across its system. It says it needs 100 million gallons in its reservoirs to maintain a healthy water system. On Sunday morning, that storage number stood at 72 million gallons, up from 60 million a day earlier.

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Austin Water urges those who do have water service to limit their use to essential needs. It asks that residents delay washing clothes and that they take short showers while the systemwide storage remains low. Residents are urged to continue to boil water before drinking and cooking.

On Saturday, Austin and Travis County enacted emergency water-use restrictions that ban car washing, landscape irrigation, filling pools or spas and other outdoor water use.