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Sewer Overflow Due to Recent Heavy Rains

Post Date:01/23/2017 11:47 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
January 23, 2017

Patti Jett                                                                        
Public Affairs Coordinator
(281) 420-5802 office
(832) 217-9430 cell
E-mail: patti.jett@baytown.org

Sewer Overflow Due to Recent Heavy Rains 

As a result of recent heavy rainfall occurring on January 20; the City of Baytown has reported runoff filling manholes producing overflows in the City’s sanitary sewer system. 

• Cedar Bayou had 13 manholes overflow for a total of 200,500 gallons.

All appropriate local government officials and the TCEQ regional office have been notified and the appropriate documentation/records supplied. Clean-up activities of the overflow area are underway and will be continued until the affected area is clean and completely disinfected.  

Overflows listed above do not affect the City’s fresh water supply.

Persons who purchase water from a public water supply may contact their water supply distributor (City of Baytown) to determine if the water is safe for personal use. As a precaution, the public should avoid all contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. 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.

The City of Baytown continues to be proactive in rehabilitating the sewer system.  Utility capital improvement initiatives are critical to the growth and development of infrastructure. The Past, as well as current projects, represent over $137 million in improvements since 2002. Historical overflow records show a steady and definite reduction in occurrences. 

The City of Baytown has elected to participate in the TCEQ’s Sanitary Sewer Overflow Initiative. Throughout the 10-year term of this plan, the City reports annually to the State, to demonstrate progress made and milestones completed in relation to the schedule submitted. As with every system, the oldest sections of the City have historically been where most rehabilitation efforts have been focused. 

For more information, contact Public Works Assistant Director Mark LeBlanc at 281-420-5300.

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