White Rock Lake impacted by sewage leak

White Rock Lake impacted by sewage leak

The City of Dallas is monitoring a sewage leak that began in Plano along the White Rock Creek. On Tuesday, June 27 at about 3:45 p.m., a contractor bored into a wastewater pipe controlled by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has reported to Texas Commission Environmental Quality. An estimated 1,069,000 gallons of sanitary sewage overflowed from that incident flowed into White Rock Creek, about 12 miles from where it enters White Rock Lake.

The public should be aware that there is no danger to drinking water. Dallas Water Utilities does not use White Rock Lake as a source of potable water.

Officials from NTMWD and Trinity Watershed Management are conducting environmental assessments and sampling water quality along White Rock Creek. Residents along White Rock Creek notice anything unusual such as dead fish should report it to 3-1-1.

At this time, Dallas Park and Recreation staff have directed Lake partners and organizations to cease all water recreation activities until further notice. Swimming in White Rock Lake is prohibited by city ordinance; out of an abundance of caution, fishing is also discouraged at this time.

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