The City of Denton Wastewater Utility reported a break in the pressurized pipe leading from the Hickory Creek Pump Station near the Old Alton Bridge, resulting in sewer overflows in the vicinity. The cause of the pipe break is still under investigation.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires the City to notify the public and all appropriate government officials of overflows that exceed 100,000 gallons in a single drainage basin. At the time of this press release, the overflow has been estimated at approximately 300,000 gallons. Repairs are still ongoing, and additional small releases are expected.
Staff from the City’s Watershed division have sampled the stream upstream and downstream of the discharge, and have noted no impacts. General Manager Dr. Kenneth Banks stressed that none of the overflows of diluted wastewater appears to have affected the stream or Lake Lewisville. However, staff are adding oxygen to the stream as a precautionary measure to ensure protection of Hickory Creek.
Contact: Dr. Kenneth Banks, (940) 349-7165, Kenneth.Banks@cityofdenton.com