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Substantial rainfall leads to unauthorized discharge of wastewater in Waco

City of Waco
Posted at 7:06 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 20:06:13-05

WACO, TX — Due to substantial rainfall, an unauthorized discharge of wastewater has occurred from the City of Waco wastewater collection system.

The discharge, currently estimated at approximately 77,315 gallons of domestic wastewater, occurred at nine (9) locations around the city, according a press release by the City of Waco.

The location of the spill(s) are: 4900 Skeet Eason Rd., 1100 University Parks Dr., 400 University Parks Dr., 1701 University Parks Dr., 17165 Skeet Eason Rd, Zoo Park and Avenue B, 2906 Maple Hill Circle, 1924 N. 12th.

The spills happened around 1:00 p.m.

Area potentially affected are areas near 4900 Skeet Eason Rd., 1100 University Parks Dr., 400 University Parks Dr., 1701 University Parks Dr., 17165 Skeet Eason Rd, Zoo Park and Avenue B, 2906 Maple Hill Circle, 1924 N. 12th.

The City of Waco says they have notified appropriate local government officials as well as the TCEQ Regional Office.

Clean up activities are underway.

This is not a boil water notice.

The information below includes mandatory health safety statements required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the press release said.

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

The City of Waco says persons may wish to take the following personal precautions:

  • Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within ½ 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.