TEMPLE, Texas -- Recent storms and excessive rainfall caused the City of Temple’s wastewater collection system to experience a significant wastewater overflow.

The spill started around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday and approximately 100,000 gallons have been spilled at 4320 Lion’s Park Road.

The following areas near Lions Park are potentially affected:

  • 2400 blk of S. 61st Street
  • 4209 Ermine Trl
  • 2808 Brykerwood
  • 1600 blk S 57th & Ave P
  • 4400 Blk Antelope Trl
  • 3813 Loop Dr
  • 924 N 4th St (Jackson Park)
  • 4105 Hickory Rd

Officials have notified the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, per regulation. City crews have began to pump the contained discharge water back into the collection system for proper wastewater treatment. All debris will be removed by the crews and the affected area will be properly disinfected.

Officials are asking the public to avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the school. The public should bathe and wash clothes if they come into contact.

People using private drinking water supply wells located within half a mile of the spill site or within the potential affected area would only use 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. Private water wells should also be tested and disinfected if necessary.

Officials said the city’s public potable water supply is in no way harmed and residents should not experience any interruption of water services. 

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