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Officials in Austin, Texas, lift boil-water notice

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials in Austin, Texas, have lifted a boil-water notice implemented after the city’s water supply was filled with silt, mud and debris after recent heavy rains and flooding.

A statement on the city website said the notice was rescinded as of 3 p.m. Sunday after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported test results showed the city’s tap water met purity standards.

However, restrictions on water use for outdoor irrigation, filling pools or spas, operating ornamental fountains, and washing homes and vehicles remain in place.

The rescinding comes a day after the West Travis County Public Utility Agency lifted its boil-water notice. That decision Saturday affected eight water utilities serving western and southern Austin suburbs.

The notices were issued Oct. 22 after silt from flooded Colorado River lakes filled water intakes.

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