San Benito Sewage Spill Raises Concerns

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 9:19am

A sewage spill occurred in San Benito yesterday after a power outage caused complications with the area’s plumbing. The incident caused an estimated one hundred gallons of sewage to spill into the streets of East Powers and Landrum.

“The sewer started backing up in the system,” says City Assistant Manager Hector Jamolo. “After the spill they washed the street with portable water and there was no more sewage there anymore.”

Over the past 18 months the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has cited San Benito for a total of nine sewer spills.

“The city of San Benito is working on installing generators in the city to help work on the issue,” say Jamolo.

According to Jamolo backup generators are needed for each sewage station in case of a power outage. He says the city has put in bids to install these generators but no time table has been set on when the generators can be expected.

“We are in the process of installing a generator in that particular area,” says Jamolo.

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