Overflows due to heavy rain and flooding in Houston

High water flows caused by heavy area-wide flooding due to today’s intense rains have resulted in the release of untreated wastewater diluted by storm water from the following Houston wastewater facility:

  • 69th Street Wastewater Treatment Plant – 2525 S. Sgt. Macario Garcia Dr., Houston, TX 77020

The Department of Public Works and Engineering (PWE) is monitoring the facility and the situation. As of 6 p.m. this evening, the estimated volume of released wastewater is:

  • Halls Bayou – US 59 @ Parker Rd = ~500,000 gal.
  • White Oak Bayou – Near I-45 N. @ Wrightwood St. = ~160,000 gal.
  • Buffalo Bayou – Near University of Houston Downtown = ~500,000 gal.

Appropriate local governmental officials and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) have been notified. Clean-up activities are underway and will continue throughout the night.

TCEQ requires notification that persons using private drinking water supply wells located within half-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.

Do not swim in affected area streams, ponds or lakes.