154,000 gallons of Houston wastewater spill after heavy rain and damaging winds from Hurricane Beryl

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HOUSTON – The impact of Hurricane Beryl caused more than 100,000 gallons of of domestic wastewater in the city of Houston, according to Houston Public Works.

The spill was reported at at 800 Commerce Street.

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Residents who receive drinking water from the city of Houston are safe from the spill and do not need to boil their water, officials said.

Houston Public Works said it is closely monitoring the situation.

As of Monday at 7 p.m., the estimated volume of released wastewater at the impacted location is 154,000 gallons.

Local officials and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) have been notified about the spill. 

Residents who ARE impacted

Residents using private drinking water supply wells located within ½-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.

Those with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.

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

The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. Do not swim in affected areas.

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

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