Lift Station Repairs Underway

Posted on Aug 30, 2017

Amarillo, TX – Two separate spills from a wastewater collection facility has occurred within the city limits of Amarillo. The spills occurred sometime between approximately 4 and 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29 and again from 10:45 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30 due to a pump failure at the City’s Lift Station No. 29. Due to the pump failure, a manhole overflowed near 1805 Lakeside Dr. which is close the intersection of Lakeside Drive and Interstate 40. Flow is currently being bypassed while City crews repair the pumps that are affected.

It is currently estimated that the volume of the spill is 215,000 gallons. The wastewater is a combination of domestic, commercial, and industrial wastewaters. The wastewater flowed into a drainage channel that takes water from Lakeside Drive, about 1700 feet to the playa located at Lakeside Drive and Interstate 40.

The Regional Office of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as well as appropriate local government officials, including the Potter County Judge, have been notified. Bypass pumping was installed as soon as possible and will remain in place until repairs are completed. A disinfectant was placed on the spill area and sampling of the playa is ongoing and will be monitored over the next several days.

For additional information, please contact Assistant Director of Water Utilities Jonathan Gresham at [email protected] or (806) 378-4265.

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