City of Jacksonville

According to a release issued late Friday by the City of Jacksonville, a wastewater spill near the Canada Street Wastewater Treatment Plant occurred locally between Oct. 13 and Oct. 17.

The release included data from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which noted that more than 100,000 gallons were discharged from an 18-inch sewer interceptor, as the result of a blocked sewer main.

The discharge site was in a vicinity that included Ragsdale Creek, with both local government officials and the TCEQ regional office notified, the release stated, adding that there was no increased monitoring of water supply systems.

TCEQ released these precautionary statements:

• “Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within one-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.”

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