LLANO COUNTY, TEXAS - Crews have installed a pump to divert wastewater away from a damaged pipe that was leaking sewage into Oatman Creek and the Llano River.
The City of Llano said late Tuesday that crews had diverted wastewater flow into a temporary holding tank and installed the pump to get the sewage around the broken section. The city added crews will make permanent repairs to the damaged pipe "once water levels in Oatman Creek and the Llano River subside."
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said the spill began around 7 a.m. Monday, and that an estimated 150,000 gallons of sewage had spilled. The cause was determined to be from excessive rain that fell over Llano County on Monday morning.
While officials said no known water supply systems were affected by the incident, they do urge users of private well water drinking systems within one half mile of the spill to use distilled or bottled water. People who use a public water supply systems should contact their water distributor for questions about the safety of their water, officials said.
According to the City of Llano and TCEQ, people who come into contact with waste material should thoroughly bathe and wash their clothes as soon as possible.
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