Wastewater spill dumps 15,000 gallons into San Marcos River

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — About 20,000-25,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spewed from a broken pipe Wednesday, with an estimated 15,000 gallons reaching the San Marcos River.

Contractors working on the Woodlands Project along River Road between Interstate 35 and Cape Road broke a 20-inch main about 7:45 a.m. City crews arrived within 10 minutes and worked for more than two hours to stop the flow. Workers also tried to intercept and recover as much spilled wastewater as possible before it could reach the river.

“This amount should not pose additional river quality concerns downstream,” said Tom Taggart, executive director of Public Services. “Public Services crews worked quickly and diligently to stop as much wastewater as they could from reaching the river.”

City officials say they will report the incident to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as required. The contractor will be charged for repairs to the line and any other expenses the city might incur as a result of the spill. The lines were clearly marked before work began in the area, city officials added.

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