EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso Water said a wastewater line near Doniphan Drive saw another break on Friday afternoon, leading to spillage on an intersection in West El Paso.
EP Water officials advise members of the public to stay clear of river water as wastewater is being directed from the agency’s property and into the Rio Grande near Paisano and Racetrack Drive.
“Even though the wastewater is heavily diluted in the river, EPWater advises the public to avoid contact with the river water,” a news release said. “Our river treatment plants stopped treating water for the season last week. At this time, the amount of wastewater discharged is not known as crews are still working to contain it and estimate it may take days to complete repairs.”
Traffic was diverted through a median at Doniphan Drive and Frontera Road as crews repaired the broken wastewater line. Northbound traffic at the intersection will be closed until further notice.
EP Water said water and wastewater services were not affected in nearby areas and public drinking water supplies were not at risk. The agency said customers and individuals purchasing water from public water supplies should ask distributors about the water and whether it’s safe for consumption.
“Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2-mile of the spill site or within the potentially affected area should use only water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute for all personal uses including drinking, cooking, bathing, and tooth brushing. Individuals with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling,” a news release said.
The public should avoid contact with wastewater or soil in the area affected by the main break, EP Water said.
TRAFFIC ALERT: The two northbound lanes of Doniphan Drive at Frontera Road are closed until further notice. Traffic is being diverted through the median on Doniphan Dr. EPWater crews are working to repair a broken wastewater main. Please follow traffic control signs. pic.twitter.com/wDmcVUGp97— El Paso Water (@EPWater) August 27, 2021