All of this endless rain has overflowed the sewers in Dallas. According to a release, Dallas Water Utilities has experienced sanitary sewer overflows of diluted wastewater at several locations throughout the city.
Overflows occurred in five major drainage basins:
- East Bank
- Five Mile
- Warren Avenue
- West Bank
- Whie Rock
The overflows occurred between 8:50 am and 12:35 pm on October 15. East Bank had the greatest overflow with an estimated 126,000 gallons.
DWU Assistant Director Zachary Peoples emphasizes that none of the overflows of diluted wastewater will affect the city's water supply.
"The overflows were primarily caused by inflow and infiltration of storm water into the City of Dallas wastewater collection system," Peoples says. "DWU crews are monitoring and performing cleanup at each overflow location as needed. A list of the overflow locations is attached.
Although there is no danger to the water supply, the public is reminded to avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in any of the affected areas.
People who use private drinking water supply wells located within a 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. The water supplied by the City of Dallas, whether directly through your faucet or provided to a wholesale customer, is safe to drink and may be used for personal use.