WATER UTILITY SERVICES

Notice of Wastewater Discharge (05/09/19)

Waco, Texas (May 09, 2019) – Due to substantial rainfall, unauthorized discharges of wastewater have occurred from the City of Waco Wastewater Collection System.

The discharge, totaling approximately 362,045 gallons of domestic wastewater, occurred at 16 locations around the city. Discharges have stopped in all but three of the locations and clean-up activities are underway.

Facility Name: City of Waco Wastewater Collection System
Contact for further information: Lisa Tyer, (254) 750-8040
Location of the spill(s): manholes near: 1924 N. 12th St., 3925 N. 30th St., 810 N. 31st St., 529 N.36th St., 1702 Dallas St., 1774 Dallas St., 400 Herring Ave., 709 Hollywood Dr., 6121 Old McGregor Rd., 2906 Maple Hill Cir., 5028 Ridge View Dr., 17165 Skeet Eason Rd., 19372 Skeet Eason Rd., 1100 University Parks Dr., 1502 University Parks Dr., 916 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Estimated time and date of spillMay 09, 2:00 p.m.
Estimated volume of the spill (number of gallons): 362,045 gallons
Type of spill (domestic) (industrial) (other) Explain other: domestic wastewater
Area potentially affected: areas around manholes near: 1924 N. 12th St., 3925 N. 30th St., 810 N. 31st St., 529 N.36th St., 1702 Dallas St., 1774 Dallas St., 400 Herring Ave., 709 Hollywood Dr., 6121 Old McGregor Rd., 2906 Maple Hill Cir., 5028 Ridge View Dr., 17165 Skeet Eason Rd., 19372 Skeet Eason Rd., 1100 University Parks Dr., 1502 University Parks Dr., 916 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Suspected cause of spill: substantial rainfall event

List of actions taken include, but are not limited to:

  • Notification of appropriate local government officials
  • Notification of TCEQ Regional Office
  • Clean-up activities are underway

THIS IS NOT A BOIL WATER NOTICE. Below, are several mandatory health safety statements required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. However, as wastewater lines are completely separate from drinking water lines, 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.

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.