SAWS News: Sewer Spill Caused by Grease, Rags and Debris on Northeast Side
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Sewer Spill Caused by Grease, Rags and Debris on Northeast Side

Raw sewage flowing under Wurzbach Parkway. The 63,000 gallon spill was caused by debris, rags and grease in the main. View more images.
SAWS crews are responding to a sewer spill west of Weidner Road under Wurzbach Parkway.

  • The spill is estimated to be 63,000 gallons.
  • The cause of the spill is debris, rags and grease.
  • The sewer main is a 15-inch PVC pipe.
  • The main has been cleared and flow has been re-established.

Today's sewer spill is another example of what can happen when people don't think about what they are putting down the drain. The grease, rags and debris that caused this spill were flushed or poured down the drain and are responsible for building up and clogging the line.

SAWS employees have been on the site all night and will continue cleanup today. Now that the sewer line has been reopened, they are vacuuming the spill and disinfecting the area.

This is a prime example of why SAWS is asking for more resources toward improving sewer infrastructure and increasing sewer line cleaning frequency.

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