100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into Brushy Creek Sunday night


More than 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into Brushy Creek June 23 after a power outage at the Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to a city of Round Rock news release.

The spill occurred near the southeast corner of the plant between 8:10 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. Sunday night, the release states.

Public drinking water has not been affected, according to the city. However, fish have reportedly died in the creek, and a cleanup effort is underway.

The Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant is located south of U.S. 79 and west of Red Bud Lane.

For individuals who use private drinking wells located within a half-mile of the spill site, the city advises using water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute. This includes water used for drinking, cooking, bathing and tooth brushing, according to the release.

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  1. I guess I missed the part about fines, accountability, and how this could have happened. Private company would be up that same polluted creek

  2. No drinking water has been affected what a crock of brushy Creek water
    This has happened before
    You think there would be a backup generator

  3. This is really unforgivable with the amount of technology that exists in our world today that could prevent this from occurring — how could this happen? Isn’t public safety, let alone protecting our precious waters, supposed to be the number one priority for all government agencies including the supposedly environmental-conscious cities of Round Rock, Austin, and Cedar Park? Do they just get a pass on this?

    How is it that Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant is immune to fines and what efforts are they taking to clean this up and prevent contamination to all the children who play in Brushy Creek? They need to completely stop access to this water until it is safe for all, not to mention restock all the fish that were killed. Do they really think that just posting an announcement and putting it in the news is enough to protect the public?

  4. bad job on this article, someone needs to learn how to proofread. what a joke. Onto the subject matter, this company should be fined into oblivion for putting the public at risk. No excuse for this.

  5. What about the fish and cleanliness of the creek further down stream from the treatment plant, nobody notified except hearing it on the news.

  6. Liberty Hill continues to do this daily with the South San Gabriel River near 183 with their wastewater “treatment” plant that has resulted in a ton of green slime all over the water raising the temperature and killing any fish and making the river a cesspool.

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Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Jackson Buchanan is the editor for the Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from The University of Texas.
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