Thunderstorms trigger sanitary sewer overflow

Water officials: No adverse effects expected


SAN ANTONIO – Crews from the San Antonio Water System are cleaning up in the near northeast portion of the city after a sewer spill triggered by thunderstorms, officials said Tuesday night.

The sanitary sewer overflow took place about 1:30 a.m. on a 48-inch sewer main on Holbrook and Ira Lee roads, in the Salado Creek area, according to a news release from water utility officials.

The spill exceeded the 50,000-gallon trigger for public notice.

Officials said heavy rains are to blame.

Crews are monitoring the areas affected and cleaning up as floodwaters recede. Private well-owners in the region have been contacted, as well.

Because the spills were heavily diluted by stormwater, officials said they’re not expecting any adverse effects.

“(The San Antonio Water System’s) Board of Trustees is scheduled to consider an item to upgrade and replace the sanitary sewer lines feeding into the Holbrook area at (a) February meeting,” the news release said. “If approved, construction in this area will begin in early 2017 and will continue through 2019.”

SAWS provides water and sewer service to more than 1.7 million customers.

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