Mouse causes Westlake $200,000 in clean up efforts

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Westlake officials said a mouse caused the electronic malfunction at a lift station that polluted a pond in Trophy Club last month.

The spill occurred Oct. 4 at the Westlake station, dumping more than 200,000 gallons of sewage into a creek that flowed into a pond in the Hogan’s Glen subdivision in neighboring Trophy Club.

Jarrod Greenwood, public works director for the town of Westlake, said a mouse chewed through pump controls and alarm controls, causing a debacle that cost the town about $200,000.

Westlake hired a remediation company to pump polluted water out of the creek and pond. Lime was applied to the banks to combat contaminants.

Officials for both cities said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved the cleanup efforts, which cleared the way for fresh water to be pumped back into the pond. The creek is usually dry so officials didn’t fill it with water.

About 400,000 gallons of water, purchased by Westlake from the Trophy Club Municipal Water District, was used to fill the pond, which was completed by Oct. 14.

Greenwood said Westlake officials are working with the town of Trophy Club and Hogan's Glen Homeowners Association to restock the pond with fish, which should be complete within two to three weeks.

The incident remains under review with TCEQ.

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