Heavy rainfall in the area caused a significant sewer overflow
Due to punishing rainfall over the past several days, the city of Corpus Christi, Texas, was subjected to significant sewage overflow. The overflow was due to flooding in the area, and it is estimated 280,000 gal of wastewater escaped in the incident.
The overflow took place at approximately 10 a.m. on June 20, 2018. The sewage line responsible for the overflow is connected to the nearby Broadway Wastewater Treatment Plant. It is suggested that residents that live within a half mile of the incident site should only utilize distilled or boiled water in their residences.
The city also suggests that citizens who buy water from a public water supply should contact the distributor in order to find out if their supply is safe to use for consumption and other purposes.
Following the incident, the city of Corpus Christi contacted the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to assess the situation. Some of the spilled wastewater made its way into the Corpus Christi Bay.