Hickory Creek Lift Station Overflow
Pump Failure Leads to City of Denton Sewer Overflow
DENTON, TX, Nov. 25, 2019 – The City of Denton Wastewater Utility reported a failure at the Hickory Creek Lift Station near the Old Alton Bridge around 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, which resulted in a sanitary sewer overflow in the vicinity. While the volume of the overflow is undetermined at this time, it is estimated to exceed 100,000 gallons.
Staff is actively investigating the cause of the failure and the extent of the overflow. Staff responded immediately to the station, and sewage has been temporarily diverted until repairs are made.
Samples of Hickory Creek will be tested on an ongoing basis to determine any impacts to water quality. Staff will continue to monitor the creek conditions and implement precautionary measures as needed. Staff from the City’s Watershed division are currently monitoring the stream upstream and downstream of the discharge. Staff is also adding oxygen to the stream as a precautionary measure to ensure protection of Hickory Creek.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires the City to notify the public and all appropriate government officials of overflows that exceed 100,000 gallons in a single drainage basin.