Hundreds of thousands of gallons of wastewater spilled from a sewer pipe near a water treatment pant in Mesquite throughout Tuesday.
Wastewater from the spill, which started about 11:45 a.m., is flowing into South Mesquite Creek, which feeds into the East Fork of the Trinity River, city officials said in a news release Tuesday evening, and added that crews are “monitoring the impacted area.”
The spill occurred at 3500 Lawson Road, where the South Mesquite Regional Wastewater plant is located. About 200,000 gallons of wastewater had been spilled by 4:45 p.m., the release said.
Officials did not say when or if the spill had been contained, or what caused the incident.
“The public should avoid contact with the waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the overflow,” the release stated.
The potable water system is safe to drink and use, officials said. People with drinking wells within half a mile of the spill or in affected areas should distill or boil the water at a rolling boil for at least one minute before drinking, cooking or using for hygiene needs.
Officials said people with private wells should have their water tested and disinfected if they think they have been affected by the spill.
Mesquite city officials are working with North Texas Municipal Water District to respond to the spill, and a regional office of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has been notified of the incident.
The wastewater plant is managed by the water district, a wholesale water supplier to about 2 million people in 80 communities in multiple counties, including Collin, Dallas, Kaufman and Rockwall.
Wayne Larson, a spokesman for the district, said wastewater treatment operations were not affected by the spill.