The Board of Directors and staff of Lakeway Municipal Utility District are dedicated to supplying safe and sufficient drinking water to our neighbors. That’s important because we live and work here, too. We drink the water, and our children do, too.
Mindful of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996, Lakeway MUD is happy to share information about your drinking water. The information in this report is based on tests conducted in 2006.
The District complied with all state and federal water quality standards, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality confirmed the safety of our drinking water. Since our water meets federal standards, there may not be any health-based benefits to purchasing bottled water or point-of-use devices.
Our water meets or exceeds standards. Lakeway Municipal Utility District is a political subdivision of the State of Texas. It produces drinking water from Lake Travis. As the charts demonstrate, the District was in full compliance with the State of Texas and the EPA national primary drinking water regulations during the 12-month period covered by this report, and we continue to be in compliance.
Opportunities for input. For more information on our drinking water or any aspect of our operations, contact the District Office at 512-261-6222. Or attend a meeting of the District Board of Directors at 9:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the District Office, 1097 Lohmans Crossing.
Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects is available by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.
Special notice for the elderly, infants, cancer patients, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune problems. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as those with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, people who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly people and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.
Summaries of chemical substances that have been found in our drinking water
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the State agency responsible for the regulation of public water supplies in Texas. The TCEQ has the authority to require water systems to issue boil water notices under certain conditions. These conditions are:
- Water quality that does not meet TCEQ regulations;
- Failure to keep adequate records of water quality; or
- Loss of pressure for extended periods of time in the piping system, which delivers water to your house.
Lakeway Municipal Utility District’s (District) water quality monitoring and record keeping systems are redundant systems that guard against the first two of these three conditions and therefore it is very unlikely that the first two conditions will occur. The third condition is more common.
By keeping a positive pressure in the delivery system we can be sure that no unwanted substances will be pulled into the system. Our storage tanks normally maintain water levels that will ensure good pressure throughout the system. Unfortunately, tanks occasionally drop to low levels or even drain completely when there are problems such as large water main leaks, pump failures, lightning storms, etc. Normally, when these things happen, a Lakeway employee is able to correct the problem before system pressure is lost, but occasionally there is a loss of pressure in the system. This is when a boil water notice is required because the water could be unsafe. It is important to understand that a boil water notice is issued as a precaution to alert our water customers of the possibility of unsafe water and is issued with your welfare in mind.
When a boil water notice is issued, we gather samples immediately from the affected area and take them to the Texas Department of Health Laboratory for analysis. This test takes twenty-four hours to complete and must be started during normal working hours. As soon as we get results, we notify you that the water has been found safe to drink.
The District strives to provide safe water at adequate pressures at all times. Occasionally, problems can occur. Thus, we wanted to explain the reason you could receive a Boil Water Notice.