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Texas city faces second boil water notice in a year, residents ridicule 'third-world' conditions
Texas cities see job, economic growth thanks to lenient pandemic policies
FOX Business’ Connell McShane reports just outside Austin, Texas, where business owners say outsider are ‘coming in troves.’
Austin, Texas prides itself on being a high-tech hub, the center of the Texas "Silicon Prairie." It's home to Google and Facebook, which just signed the city's largest-ever lease, and will soon be home to Apple's mammoth campus on the city's northern edge. Austin was where Twitter was first introduced at SXSW, which is one of the world's leading technology and cultural showpieces every year. Even nearby cities reap from Austin's tech reputation: Samsung is building a massive plant in Taylor, up the road about 40 miles from downtown Austin.
But infrastructure and essentials like potable water are key to supporting business, and the Texas capital is having trouble keeping its drinking water clean, again.
Austin issued a water boil notice Saturday night that will last "a couple days" after officials failed to address the issue following a failure a year ago at the same treatment plant.
Officials issued the notice Saturday night that the Ullrich Water Treatment Plant is out of service due to "an internal treatment process issue that resulted in high turbidity." Crews and officials are working to restore operations.
Mayor Steve Adler said it appeared that "this will be over in a couple of days." He helped with water distribution Sunday, applauding the city's purchase of water trucks after Winter Storm Uri, which hit Texas mid-Feb. 2021 and led to a similar water shutdown, at the very same plant.