More than 200,000 gallons of wastewater spilled Tuesday in Mesquite, potentially causing issues with some of the residents’ drinking water, although Mesquite officials said much of the water supply was unaffected.
The spill took place at 3500 Lawson Rd. just before noon, and 200,000 gallons had accumulated by 4:45 p.m. Originating from a 30-inch sewer main, the wastewater spilled into South Mesquite Creek, which flows into the East Fork of the Trinity River.
Officials stated that the spill did not affect the city’s potable water system.
However, people using private wells for drinking water within a half-mile from where the spill took place should boil the water for at least one minute, reported CBS. They should also have their water tested if they believe that their water supply has been impacted.
Officials in the area cautioned the public to avoid touching or otherwise coming into contact with the wastewater, soil, or waste material. If contact occurs, the affected person is advised to bathe and wash their clothes as thoroughly as possible.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was notified of the spill as officials from Mesquite collaborate with the North Texas Municipal Water District to address the spill.
The district manages the Mesquite wastewater plant where the spill originated as well as supplies wholesale water to much of the Dallas area, including Collin, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties.