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UPDATED: Wastewater Dumps Into Pflugerville Creek After Power Outage

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014, 04:10 PM CDT

Tues. 4 p.m. UPDATE: The boil water notice has been lifted.

Officials say there are no private wells on record within a 1/2 mile radius of the overflow site or one mile downstream.

Cleanup of the wastewater spill continues, but the affected area is smaller than originally estimated.



City of Pflugerville officials say a power outage on Sunday caused 1 million gallons of untreated wastewater to overflow into Gilleland Creek.

It happened between midnight and 7 a.m. The affected waterways are Gilleland Creek downstream of Gilleland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant at 15500 Sun Light Near Way. The areas downstream are in Travis County and the extra-territorial jurisdiction of Pflugerville, officials say.

Actions for persons living within 1/2 mile and 1 mile south of the affected area:

1.   Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2 mile of the spill site and 1 mile downstream 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.    Homeowners with a private well in the affected area should call Pflugerville Public Works at 512-990-6400 for testing of their water supply.

2.   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. 

3.   The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. 

4.   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.  

The city says it will continue to investigate the issue to mitigate future wastewater discharge into Gilleland Creek. As of now the city is working to clean up the spill which they say is isolated and in a confined area of Gilleland Creek. 

UPDATED: Wastewater Dumps Into Pflugerville Creek After Power Outage

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