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Sewage spill was bad, then came fish kill

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Mary’s Creek has several swimming holes, but swimmers were warned to stay clear after a sewage spill last week.
Mary’s Creek has several swimming holes, but swimmers were warned to stay clear after a sewage spill last week. Star-Telegram archives

Fort Worth Water Department crews have worked hard to clean up a massive sewage spill into Mary’s Creek in Benbrook, but the effort would resemble a Keystone Kops episode if it weren’t so serious.

First came the spill, in which a 40-foot section of 24-inch sewer pipe collapsed and dumped an estimated 130,000 gallons of raw sewage into the creek.

Officials have said the collapse happened because recent heavy rains washed out the creek banks that supported the pipe. The area of the spill is “rather remote,” Benbrook officials said.

Unfortunately, old sewer pipes break. Crews patch them up and move on to the next break.

Odors from the spill bothered Benbrook residents, so the Fort Worth crews dumped 450 gallons of disinfectant into the creek to fight the smell. That mistake killed almost 3,200 fish.

Fort Worth officials reported the spill and the fish kill to state authorities last week and acknowledged their mistake.

Only the comedy Kops would not learn from this.

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