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Around 393,000 gallons of sewage overflows in Temple following severe weather

Posted at 2:52 PM, May 23, 2024

TEMPLE, Texas (KXXV) — The City of Temple announced Thursday afternoon another sewage overflow has impacted the area around Northwood Road.

The city said around 7 p.m. Wednesday, the area near 2015 Birdcreek Terrace and 3420 Northwood Road saw an estimated overflow of 393,000 gallons of mostly stormwater. They also said one of these overflows is still ongoing.

Last Thursday, the city also reported a near 1.2-million gallon sewage overflow around the same area.

The city said a capital works project is in the works to resolve the problem.

City utility crews said they cleaned and disinfected the area, and they have staged chlorine at overflow sources and dechlorinated the receiving stream. Crews said they are also investigating upstream areas to locate sources of storm water inflows.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has been notified, and the city is sharing the recommended precautions below:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill.
  4. 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.

Anyone with questions regarding the overflow are asked to contact the city at (254) 298-5611.