From Staff Reports
An estimated 183,000 gallons of domestic wastewater was released into Floyd Branch April 13 at 111 East Buckingham Road, Richardson. The North Texas Municipal Water District experienced the overflow of domestic wastewater as a result of a mechanical failure.
NTMWD personnel swiftly responded to the incident, the equipment has been repaired and the plant is fully operational. Crews have been onsite for environmental assessments and have initiated clean-up activities.
“Although we have experienced an overflow of domestic wastewater, service has been restored to the NTMWD Floyd Branch Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, and NTMWD personnel are moving swiftly for cleanup activities,” said NTMWD Executive Director, Tom Kula. “The environmental area near the spill site and Floyd Branch will be appropriately monitored. The public drinking water continues to be safe for consumption and use from treatment at the NTMWD’s water treatment facilities.”
NTMWD personnel have notified the appropriate local governmental officials and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Regional Office. 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.
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.
Should you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Denise Hickey, NTMWD Public Relations and Water Conservation Manager, at [email protected] or 972-442-5405.