The following air quality alert message for Central Texas is relayed by the National Weather Service for Austin and San Antonio, Texas.
AIR POLLUTION WATCH LEVEL ORANGE
An air pollution watch level orange has been issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for the Central Texas Clean Air Force for possible high ozone in the Austin area on Tuesday, August 26, 2008.
Weather conditions are expected to be favorable for ozone to reach AQI level orange, unhealthy for sensitive groups, on Tuesday, August 26, 2008.
The air quality index (AQI) scale is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the following guidance for level orange: active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
Voluntary action is needed to help reduce air pollution emissions and to help prevent ozone formation.
To reduce ozone pollution, the clean air force urges area residents to:
For additional information on weekdays call:
- Reduce vehicle trips
- Ride the bus and avoid running gasoline engines
- Wait until after 6 pm to buy gas, mow lawns or run errands
- Postpone outdoor burning
Clean Air Force: 512-225-7780
City Of Austin: 512-499-1898
TCEQ Media Relations: 512-239-5000