WATER UTILITY SERVICES

Notice of Wastewater Discharges (05/03/19)

Waco, Texas (May 03, 2019) – Due to substantial rainfall, an unauthorized discharge of wastewater occurred from the City of Waco Wastewater Collection System.

The discharges, totaling approximately 376,360 gallons of domestic wastewater, occurred at 9 locations around the city. All but 3 of the discharges have now stopped and clean-up activities are underway.

Facility Name: City of Waco Wastewater Collection System 
Person to contact for information: Lisa Tyer, (254) 750-8040
Location of spill(s): manholes near: 529 N.36th St., 916 N. Valley Mills Dr., 1916 N. 12th St., 4900 Skeet Eason Rd., 5201 Flat Rock Rd., 400 University Parks Dr., 1100 University Parks Dr., 1702 Dallas St., 1708 Dallas St.
Estimated date and time of spill(s):  May 2, 5:40 p.m.
Estimated volume of spill(s)(number of gallons):  376,360
Type of Spill (domestic, industrial, other):  domestic wastewater
Area potentially affected: area around manholes near: 529 N.36th St., 916 N. Valley Mills Dr., 1916 N. 12th St., 4900 Skeet Eason Rd., 5201 Flat Rock Rd., 400 University Parks Dr., 1100 University Parks Dr., 1702 Dallas St., 1708 Dallas St.
Suspected cause of spill(s): lift-station flooded by Lake Waco

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 / completed.

THIS IS NOT A BOIL WATER NOTICE. The information below includes mandatory health safety statements required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  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.

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.