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Line blockage caused 50,000 gallon wastewater spill

A blockage of a 12-inch wastewater collection line is believed to have caused a sewage spill Wednesday in the 600 block of NE Alsbury Boulevard.

Burleson officials responded at 12:45 p.m. to a report of the spill about 763 feet south of the NE Alsbury Boulevard railroad crossing and 62 feet west of the railroad. It was abated by 1:30 p.m.

It is believed 50,000 gallons of domestic wastewater was spilled, a city press release reads. North Creek, extending from the source downstream about 2,100 linear feet, was the affected area. The spill was contained downstream by a natural rock outcrop dam.

Burleson officials contacted the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality and other required government officials related to the spill.

The spill was mitigated by physical removal of waterwater and debris, and by flushing with dechlorinated water. The wastewater line was cleaned through water jetting and will continue to be evaluated for further needed maintenance to prevent failure, the press release reads.

Burleson's public water supply is not threatened by the spill. However, the city will increase monitoring of the water supply system as a precautionary measure, the release reads. Those who purchase water from the City of Burleson may call 817-426-9830 to determine if it is safe for personal use.

Residents are asked to avoid contact with waste material, soil or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. Anyone who may have or does come in contact with waste material, soil or water potentially affected by the spill should bathe and thoroughly wash clothes as soon as possible.

Anyone using private drinking water wells with a half-mile of the spill site or within the 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, the press release reads. Individuals with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.

Contact Kevin North in Burleson's public works department at 817-426-9830 or knorth@burlesontx.com.

Burleson Star

327 N.W. Renfro St.
PO Box 909
Burleson, TX 76028-0909

Phone: 817-295-0486
FAX: 817-295-5278



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