Wastewater Spills in Buda, TX

Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 05:04 PM gHale

A bypass pump malfunctioned causing 195,400 gallons of wastewater to spill into Garlic Creek Tuesday, said Buda, TX, city officials.

There is no impact to the public water supply system after the spill, officials said.

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The spill occurred at a lift station currently under construction, and a portion of the spill “may have been infiltration and inflow from our recent rain event,” officials said.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said no solids spilled and it has not detected any adverse effects due to the spill and there has been no fish kill observed.

TCEQ conducted an investigation at the site after the spill, and issued the following precautionary statements:

“Person’s 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.”

The city said the suspected cause of the spill was “due to work conducted by a contractor installing new equipment when a bypass pump malfunctioned.”

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