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UPDATE Spillage From Lone Star’s Sewer System

“The excessive rain over the last several days has overwhelmed the City of Lone Star’s sewer system, resulting in spillage from the sewer collection system into Ellison Creek Reservoir (Lone Star Lake). Most of this spillage is rainwater that has infiltrated the sewer system. There is no immediate threat to public safety and citizens should not be concerned. Not affected is the drinking water for the City of Lone Star as the City’s water source is not Lone Star Lake. The City purchases drinking water from Northeast Texas Municipal Water District, who sources their water from Lake-O-the-Pines. The City of Lone Star is working with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to ensure public health is maintained. Direct any questions to City Hall at 903-656-2311.”

Devon N. Whatley
City Secretary
City of Lone Star
P.O. Box 0218
Lone Star, TX 75668
(903) 656-2311



Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Public Notification Form for Wastewater Discharges

Information about the Discharge

An unauthorized discharge or spill of wastewater has occurred from: Wastewater Treatment Facility: ______ Collection System: __X

Facility Name: Lone Star Wastewater Treatment Plant (collection system) Person to contact for information: Shane Townson Location of spill(s): 408 S. Main, 500 S. Main, 236 Haley Drive Estimated date and time of spill(s): April 13, 2019 10:45 am to April 15, 2019 1:00 am Estimated volume of spill(s)(number of gallons): over 100,000 gallons Type of Spill (domestic, industrial, other): domestic Description of the area potentially affected, including down gradient and lateral distance from spill(s) site: Ellison Creek Reservoir – 100 feet (408 S. Main), 100 feet (236 Haley Dr.) 500 feet (500 S. Main) Suspected cause of spill(s): Excessive inflow and infiltration entering sewer system List of actions taken including but, not limited to:

Notification of: Appropriate local government officials: __X___ TCEQ Regional Office: __X__ Containment of spill: The containment of the spill is constantly being managed and has stopped. Increased monitoring of water supply systems: NO WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS SPILL. Initiation or completion of cleanup activities: Cleanup activities have been initiated.

TCEQ-20627 (May 2012) Page 2 of 2

Precautionary statements:
1. 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.

2. 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.

3. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill.

4. 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.