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Posted on: February 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Wastewater Treatment Plant Sanitary Sewer Overflow

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Ronnie Lyles, 936-564-5046


Wastewater Treatment Plant Sanitary Sewer Overflow

NACOGDOCHES, TX. - Due to heavy rains and continued storms that passed through our region this past week, the City of Nacogdoches Wastewater Treatment Plant reached collection capacity. This maximum capacity resulted in an overflow of rainwater and sanitary sewage from a manhole near the treatment plant into Lanana Creek in excess of 100,000 gallons. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has been notified and all required notifications have been issued to media and other City of Nacogdoches officials. The environmental threat is minimal as the overflow was 95% rainwater.

Heavy rains in the area have caused flooding conditions on all waterways throughout our system, and the Wastewater Treatment Plant experienced the same problem. The system is rated for just under  13 million gallons of intake per day, and we experienced flows in excess of 18 million gallons per day. The facility received maximum inflows of combined wastewater and stormwater. To prevent flooding that would severely damage equipment and productivity; the plant went into “emergency bypass mode” but is now operating at normal capacity.


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