Texas Provides Millions of Bottles of Water to Austin Schools

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, Executive Commissioner
John Reynolds, 512-424-6951

AUSTIN — With an ongoing boil-water notice in effect for the for the Austin area, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is supplying millions of bottles of water to local schools and other public institutions. The recipients include more than 120 campuses in the Austin Independent School District, 18 additional school districts in the area, as well as certain hospitals and correctional facilities.

“Helping Texans in need is at the heart of what we do as an agency,” Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Courtney Phillips said. “Our team members are dedicated to serving our communities in crisis and we will do whatever is necessary to assist.”

The Austin water utility earlier this week issued a boil-water notice for the Austin area after flood waters compromised filtration systems at water treatment facilities in the city. Drawing on standing contracts with Niagara Bottling and Central Freight, HHSC began dispatching water late Monday via 25 truckloads a day to the schools and other entities. HHSC is organizing the water shipments at the Wilhelmina Delco Center in East Austin. The water deliveries will continue until requests for this resource have been met, most likely after boil-water notice is lifted.

Since Oct. 18, HHSC also has supplied nearly 350,000 bottles of water to Burnet and Llano counties to help in recovery efforts following historic flooding there. Costs associated with the water delivery are being covered by existing state resources.