An estimated 300 gallons of sewage per minute spilled into Mary’s Creek in southwest Fort Worth for several hours Wednesday until it was contained about 5:30 p.m.
A 24-inch sewer main collapsed in a heavily wooded area, causing wastewater to overflow into the creek behind a residence in the 4000 block of Burkett Drive, according to the Fort Worth Water Department.
The creek flows into the Clear Fork of the Trinity River just west of Southwest Boulevard/Texas 183. Initially, the city feared the wastewater would reach the river, but Wednesday night, staff members believed it didn’t.
The spill was not expected to affect drinking water, authorities said, but residents with private water wells within a half-mile of the spill site should boil or distill water before using it.
City workers found the spill about noon Wednesday and worked all afternoon to set up a bypass line. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was notified.
The cause of the spill had not been determined Wednesday evening.
People should stay out of the creek until further notice to avoid contact with the increased bacteria in the water. If you come into contact with anything potentially affected by the spill, you should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible, the Water Department said in a news release.
The spill was just east of West Loop 820, south of Camp Bowie West Boulevard and north of Interstate 20.