City of Jacksonville, Texas

State officials have issued a public notification form regarding wastewater discharges that occurred May 10-17 in the vicinity of South Bolton Street at Sunnydale Drive in Jacksonville.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality estimates more than 100,000 gallons of domestic wastewater are estimated to have been spilled during this period from the city's wastewater collection system, according to a release issued late Friday by the City of Jacksonville Communications Director Andrew Lugo.

The suspected cause of the spill, which is limited to the immediate vicinity of the intersection, is believed to be due to excessive rainfall, the release states.

Appropriate local government officials and the TCEQ regional officials have been notified.

Meanwhile, the release notes that “the immediate area is being flushed and disinfected, with increased monitoring of water supply system by city officials.”

Residents “using private drinking water supply wells located within half a 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,” the release advises.

Meanwhile, “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,” and “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,” it added.