Lift station equipment failure causes sewage spill in Blanco River – Corridor News

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Sierra Martin | Chief Editor

SAINT MARK — An equipment failure at a city sewage lift station, located in the 2200 block of River Road, caused untreated sewage to spill into the Blanco River late Monday evening, June 27, 2022. The city’s water supply was unaffected by the spill.

The lifting station conveys the wastewater to the city’s treatment plant. As a result of the equipment failure, the city’s monitoring system indicates that approximately 225,000 gallons of untreated sewage overflowed. SMTX Utilities personnel responded to the equipment failure at 9:15 p.m. and corrected the problem at 10 p.m. As of this press release, the lifting station is operating normally.

The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has been notified. As required by Texas Administrative Code §319.303, this notice serves to inform the public of the following:

Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2 mile of the spill site or in 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 use including drinking, cooking, bathing and brushing teeth. People with a private water well should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, before stopping distillation or boiling.

People who buy water from a public water supply can contact their water supply company to determine if the water is safe for personal use. The public should avoid contact with waste, soil or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste, soil or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash their clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

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