Spring Branch wastewater plant seeks permit to deposit up to 260,000 gallons of treated domestic wastewater into Cypress Creek daily

Meeting to be held on Aug. 11 at Smithson Valley Middle School Cafeteria for residents to voice concerns

Guadalupe River near Spring Branch.

SPRING BRANCH – On Thursday, Spring Branch residents will get the chance to ask questions and voice their concerns over a permit that would allow up to 260,000 gallons of treated domestic wastewater to be deposited daily into Cypress Creek and then into the Guadalupe River, according to the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality documents.

If approved, the domestic waste plant would be located a quarter of a mile northwest of U.S. Highway 281 North in Comal County. The treated water would be discharged by pipe into Cypress Creek, then to the Guadalupe River above Canyon Lake, according to a TCEQ notice.

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Domestic wastewater is water from kitchen, bath, and laundry wastes from homes. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, when wastewater is properly treated, the pollutants are reduced to a level that nature can handle.

According to the TCEQ, a preliminary review determined that existing water quality would not be impaired by the wastewater if the permit is granted.

Still, some residents have expressed concern about how the wastewater treatment plant would affect the rivers.

A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on August 11 at Smithson Valley Middle School Cafeteria for community members to voice thoughts to TCEQ officials.

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