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Sewer line spill stopped: Estimated 1.3 million gallons discharged into Nolan Creek

City of Belton
Posted at 1:50 PM, Nov 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-17 18:13:13-05

BELTON, Texas — A sewer spill into Nolan Creek has been stopped after an estimated 1.3 million gallons of sewage were discharged.

The City of Belton said a broken sewer force main resulted in the unauthorized discharge into Nolan Creek, west of the Temple-Belton Wastewater Treatment Plant. Officials say the discharge was located on private property, and the owner was notified.

"A sewage pump truck was deployed to temporarily stop the leak," said the City of Belton. "Following that measure, flow from the force main was diverted to an existing force main that allows a repair to be made without further impacting the flow of sewage into the plant."

The public was advised to avoid contact and ingesting creek water downstream from the Temple-Belton Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Officials say to bathe and thoroughly wash clothes as soon as possible if you come in contact with creek water.

Fishermen should avoid any dead or dying fish. If any fish caught in the creek is to be consumed, they should be properly cleaned and thoroughly cooked.

"It is unclear what caused the leak to occur," said the City of Belton.