An unauthorized discharge or spill of wastewater occurred from a sanitary sewer manhole owned by the City of Rowlett at 12 p.m., Oct. 15, at 4817 Chiesa Road.

Approximately 77,000 gallons of domestic wastewater was discharged and entered the drainage area along Chiesa Road, south of Shipp Road.

It was determined the cause of the spill was a clogged sanitary sewer mainline. The mainline clog was removed and the sanitary sewer line was cleaned. The affected area from the discharge was cleared of solids, disinfected, and flushed. 

Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within half a 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. 

 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. 

For questions or concerns please contact Jake Gilliland, Utility Operations Manager, City of Rowlett, 972.463.3977.

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