Nacogdoches employees working to clean up wastewater spill

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Employees with the City of Nacogdoches worked to contain a domestic wastewater spill that occurred at the City Landfill Monday afternoon.

According to Russell Grubbs, the water utility manager for the City of Nacogdoches, the leak was on the far side of the land fill in remote location not near any pits used by the public. A notice about the spill estimated the volume of the wastewater spill to be approximately 300,000 gallons.

The notice listed the "area potentially affected" as Banita Creek. "Sewer blockage, possible root intrusion" was listed as the suspected cause of the spill.

"A portion of it did get into Banita Creek," Grubbs said. "However, we pumped what we could out of the creek and flushed the creek with diluted freshwater and lime to dilute it. No fish were killed."

Grubbs said it took city workers about two and a half hours to contain the spill. Nacogdoches employees are still in the process of  cleaning up the effects of the spill.

Grubbs said the appropriate local government officials and regional offices of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have been notified, and the spill has been contained. The notice stated that the cause of the spill has been corrected.

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