UPDATED: Conroe official says million-gallon sewage spill 'under control'

Homes using private water supply wells within 0.5 miles of the spill should only use distilled or boiled water until further notice.

Homes using private water supply wells within 0.5 miles of the spill should only use distilled or boiled water until further notice.

Updated 9:45 a.m. July 11

At a July 10 Conroe City Council meeting, Jason Miller, assistant public works director, said his department had the Little Caney Creek spill "very well under control."

Miller said Magna Flow, a large water management company, helped the city put out enzymes and flush out the area. Although the city put out a boiling water notice, Miller said the city found no private water wells located within 0.5 miles of the spill. He said Magna Flow has since left the area and city employees are now doing small cleanup.

"As of right now, it's looking very good for a very unfortunate incidence," Miller said.

Original story: 10:27 a.m. July 10

One million gallons of sewage flooded Little Caney Creek on July 8, according to a press release from the city of Conroe's Public Works Department.

The press release said the spill happened at a collection facility just north of 2498 S. Loop 336 E., Conroe, at approximately 10 a.m. when a station had a pump failure and caused a sewer backup. The sewage flowed 600 feet until it entered Little Caney Creek. Crews were able to correct the failure and stop the overflow of sewage.

From the spill location, Little Caney Creek travels through 126 acres of undeveloped land north of Creighton Road, according to the press release. The city is currently flushing the area with clean water and using natural enzymes and crews to clean up the site. However, anyone using a private well within 0.5 miles of the spill site should have their water tested and only use water that has been distilled or boiled for one minute.

Utility Manager Christine Cooper said in an email July 10 the crews were still cleaning the area, but the creek "is looking much better" and the water is clear now. Cooper also said the city found no wells within 0.5 miles of the spill.

For more information and updates, go to the city of Conroe's website at www.cityofconroe.org or call Cooper at 936-522-3885.
By Andy Li

Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now covers the Conroe Independent School District, Montgomery City Council and transportation.


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