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More than 79,000 gallons of wastewater discharged due to substantial rainfall

Wastewater overflows in Temple
Posted at 5:11 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 18:13:49-05

WACO, TX — The City of Waco says more than 79,000 gallons of domestic wastewater was discharged due to substantial rainfall.

The City says the unauthorized discharge happened around 3:10 a.m. on February 20 and led to the release of 79,350 gallons of domestic wastewater at three locations.

  • 17165 Skeet Eason Road
  • 19372 Skeet Eason Road
  • 1100 University Parks Drive

The City has no reason to believe drinking water, distributed by the City of Waco, has been compromised or affected in any way. The City says the wastewater collection system is completely separate from the drinking water system.

If the community is wishing to take the personal precautions:

  • Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2 mile of the spill site or within the potentially affected area should use only water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute for all personal uses including drinking, cooking, bathing, and tooth brushing. Individuals with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.
  • Persons who purchase water from a public water supply may contact their water supply distributor to determine if the water is safe for personal use.
  • The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill.
  • If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.