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Texas A&M Reports Sewage From A Newly Renovated Dorm Went To The Wrong Place For Eight Months

News release from Texas A&M:

On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Texas A&M University discovered the sanitary sewer drainage line from Dorm 9 (Whitely Hall) had improperly been connected to the storm drain.

Texas A&M notified the City of College Station about the incident, and shortly thereafter notified the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regional office in Waco (Wednesday, May 2, 2018).

The improper connection has been in place since the dorm was renovated and reoccupied in August 2017.

After discovering the improper connection, Texas A&M redirected the effluent to the sanitary sewer and has initiated remediation activities.

Work to reroute the permanent sanitary sewer line will be completed today.

An estimated 1.18 million gallons of sanitary sewer effluent flowed into a series of two detention ponds on the campus golf course and then south of the area (George Bush Drive/Holik Street/Anderson Street) into Wolf Pen Creek over the course of eight months.

The TCEQ recommends the following:

• Until further notice, persons using water from private wells (not city/local water) located within 1/2 mile of the Wolf Pen Creek 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, and personal hygiene. Those individuals with private water wells within 1/2 mile of the creek should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.

• The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the sewage, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

• 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.

For more information about this incident, please contact Texas A&M Environmental Health & Safety at 979-845-2132.

For health-related questions or concerns, please contact the Brazos County Health Department at 979-361-4440.

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Posted by on May 2 2018. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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