Heavy Rain Causes Sewer Overflows In North Texas

Alan Scaia
April 25, 2019 - 8:37 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Heavy rain this week has caused some sewers to overflow in North Texas, leading to the release of wastewater.

Rain water can enter collection systems through cracks in private and public plumbing.

Fort Worth says wastewater was discharged from ten locations across the city Wednesday, ranging from 100 to 500 gallons per minute.

Plano says 100,000 gallons of wastewater was released from a manhole near Glen Eagles Golf Course.

Both cities say the release of wastewater would not affect drinking water, but they are urging people who use private wells near the sites to boil their water for one minute before using it for drinking, cooking or bathing.

Plano says the North Texas Municipal Water District is expanding a lift station to pump more wastewater to treatment facilities. The $6.5 million project is expected to be finished this year.

Fort Worth says a lift station is being developed along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. The city hopes to build that station by 2022.

Fort Worth also plans an addition wastewater line parallel to an existing line near Sycamore Creek.