HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Repairs are ongoing after a 120,000 gallon spill was recorded at a Hays County wastewater treatment plant this past week.
The spill took place at the Hays County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 Wastewater Treatment Plant on Nutty Brown Road between Feb. 15 at noon and Feb. 20 at 4:20 a.m.
It is believed the winter storms prevented the operator from accessing the plant for about two days. Power outages and fluctuations caused generators to start and stop, which caused a loss of air blanket in the process water hydro tank. Those problems have since been corrected, according to the media alert, and cleanup activities are underway.
Drip fields and a nearby greenbelt could be affected, according to the media alert. The spill hasn’t been contained yet, but local government officials as well as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have been notified.
Residents can choose to take the following personal precautions:
- 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
- Don’t swim in affected area streams, ponds or lakes.
- Always wash hands thoroughly before preparing or eating food.
- Always wash hands thoroughly after any contact with animals, soil or diapers.
- Private well owners may wish to treat their well water, have their well water tested and inspect their wells for proper siting, construction and maintenance.