A malfunction at a Westlake lift station Friday released 200,000 gallons of sewage into a creek that flows downstream to Trophy Club, officials said.Consequently, utility workers from both communities worked all day Friday and late into the night to clean up the mess.Also, “we have a remediation company on site, and they’re in the process of removing all the contaminated water,” said Jarrod Greenwood, Westlake’s public works director. “We’re making progress.”The tainted water was being hauled to a sewage plant operated by the Trinity River Authority, he said.Westlake and Trophy Club are separated by Texas 114.Greenwood said he was notified about 10:45 a.m. Friday that there was a problem. Mike Slye, town manager of Trophy Club, said in a notice to residents that the creek carried the sewage near homes on Brook Hollow Lane, Indian Creek Drive and into a pond.Greenwood said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department were notified about the spill.The cleanup would probably continue through the night, Greenwood said, but he hoped the sewage would be “pumped down enough” by morning so that workers could begin applying lime to the affected areas.“It helps neutralize the contaminants,” he said.Slye said the city would send updates to residents who send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “sewage update” in the subject line, Slye said.
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