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Notice of spill from a wastewater facility

May 1, 2019


Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
May 1, 2019
         
 
 
Notice of spill from a wastewater facility
 
The City of Tyler Water Utilities recently experienced a wastewater collection discharge within Black Fork Creek that meets the notification requirements of the TCEQ. 
 
The discharge is due to the collapse of a 42-inch sewer main in the creek bank caused by erosion from heavy rainfall
 
INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPILL
Facility Name: City of Tyler - Water Utilities, TCEQ 10653-001, TX 0049996, Westside Facility
Contact for further information: Jimmy Johnson, (903) 245-8803
Location of the spill: 300 yards northwest of 1630 WNW Loop 323 at Blackfork Creek, Tyler TX.
Estimated time and date of spill:  5:00 PM (4/30/2019)
Estimated volume of the spill (number of gallons): Greater than 100,000 gallons
Type of spill: (domestic) (industrial) (other) Explain other: Domestic Sewage
Area potentially affected: Black Fork Creek
The suspected cause of spill: Collapse of a 42-inch sewer main in creek bank caused by erosion from heavy rainfall
 
THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN:
1. Appropriate local governmental officials have been notified: Yes
2. TCEQ regional office has been notified: Yes
3. The spill has been contained: No (Pumps and equipment are in route)
4. Increased monitoring of water supply systems has been initiated: Yes
5. Corrective Action: Emergency repairs of the 42 inch pipe are being coordinated with Shull Construction.
6. Clean-up activities are underway: Yes. Tyler Water Utilities will continue to monitor the water quality conditions upstream and downstream of the discharge for the next few days to ensure that the water quality in Black Fork Creek has not been compromised.
7. Other: The spill will be contained by the installation of by-pass pumps.
 
PERSONS MAY WISH TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS:
 
A.
A. Don’t swim in affected area streams, ponds or lakes.
B. Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2-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.
C. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill.
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