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City says one customer affected by wastewater spill

Posted at 8:40 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 17:37:35-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — City officials said Tuesday morning that only one well customer within the radius specified was affected after a broken water pipe near the Oso Wastewater Treatment Plant sent discharge into Oso Bay Monday night.

That announcement prompted the City of Corpus Christi to ask residents in the area to take precautions.

According to a press release, the city was notified Monday afternoon about a fish kill in a creek located along the Oso Golf Course. When crews arrived, they established isolation booms to contain the spill. They used drone technology to assess the situation and are actively working on identifying the location of the pipe break.

The City's contractor is currently cleaning the creek. There is currently no accurate estimate as to the amount of wastewater discharge. The City has contacted the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's regional office.

The city then asked for people using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2-mile of the spill-site to 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.

Those with private water wells should have their well water tested and, if necessary, disinfected.

People who purchase water from a public water supply may contact their water supply distributor to determine if the water is safe for personal use.

Also, everyone should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill.

If you come into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, you should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.