About 125,000 gallons of wastewater spilled about 3 a.m. Wednesday from the Doshier Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant in East Temple, city officials said.
Severe weather caused an electrical power failure to both primary and secondary electrical lines feeding the plant, Shannon Gowan, Temple director of communications, said in a release. The power outage resulted in an overflow near the headworks of the facility.
“Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within a half 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,” Gowan said. “Individuals with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.”
People who purchase water from a public water supply may contact their water supply distributor to determine if the water is safe for personal use and the public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill, the release said.
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.
“Automated call-out procedures notified BRA personnel of the power outage and Oncor was contacted immediately thereafter,” Gowan said of the actions that have been taken. “Power was restored and clean-up activities have been initiated.”
The areas potentially affected are on site of the treatment plant and include a dry weather creek, which is an unnamed tributary to Little Elm Creek.
The release said that because of the location of the spill and concurrent dilution from rainfall, there are no detrimental environmental or human health impacts expected to occur.