Houston Public Works Press Release

Wastewater Spill After Rain, Damaging Winds from Hurricane Beryl

July 09, 2024

HOUSTON - Intense, sustained, rainfall combined with damaging winds and power outages from Hurricane Beryl resulted in the spill of domestic wastewater greater than 100,000 gallons at 800 Commerce Street, Houston, TX 77002.


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IF YOU RECEIVE YOUR DRINKING WATER FROM THE CITY OF HOUSTON, YOUR WATER IS SAFE FROM THIS SPILL AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO BOIL YOUR WATER.


Houston Public Works is closely monitoring the situation. As of July 8, 2024 at 7:00 p.m., the estimated volume of released wastewater at this location is 154,000 gallons. Appropriate local officials and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) have been notified. 


TCEQ requires this mandatory notification and the information below
Persons 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.


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


Persons 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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  • Katelynn Burns
  • Office of the Director - Communications
  • 611 Walker St., Houston TX 77002
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  • 611 Walker St., Houston TX 77002
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