Some in Waco affected after accidental wastewater discharge

Posted at 9:01 PM, May 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-26 22:01:00-04

The City of Waco is letting their citizens in some areas know of a weather-related wastewater discharge, or spill, caused by the large amount of rain recently.

The infiltration of storm water from recent rains into the wastewater collection system caused an unauthorized discharge of more than 200,000 gallons of domestic wastewater. The incident started Sunday night at midnight and is being monitored and cleaned Tuesday evening.

Health officials say the spillage seeped through manhole covers in the following areas of Waco:

  • 400, 1100 and 1600 blocks of University Parks Drive
  • 939 Trice
  • 1824 and 1908 N. 12th Street
  • 1720 Maple Avenue
  • 2200 N. 17th St.
  • 4324 N. 27th Street
  • 916 and 1600 Valley Mills Drive
  • 2640 Cedar Ridge
  • 4900 Skeet Eason
  • 5028 Ridgeview Drive
  • 1900 Edna

Persons using private drinking water supply wells within one-half mile of the spill site or within the potentially affected are 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.

People who purchase their water from a public water supply should contact their distributor to determine of the water is safe for personal use.

Avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the affected area, and if you aren't able to do that, bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.