Part of Buffalo Bayou bank collapses, breaks sewer pipe

Houston's drinking water safe, officials say

By Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor

HOUSTON - A section of bank along the Buffalo Bayou collapsed, breaking a sewer pipe and spilling thousands of gallons of wastewater, officials said Thursday.

The collapse happened sometime between late Monday night or early Tuesday along the south bank of the bayou near the intersection of Longmont Drive and Gessner Road in west Houston, according to officials at Houston Public Works.

Officials said a 42-inch sanitary sewer pipe failed during the collapse and spilled more than 300,000 gallons of wastewater, affecting an area at least 300 feet downstream.

READ: Notice of wastewater spill

Officials said that Houston’s drinking water remains safe, but people who are using private wells within a half-mile of the spill site should only use distilled water or water that has been brought to a rolling boil for at least a minute. They said people with private wells should also have their water tested and disinfected, if necessary.

Accessing the area is difficult and the ground is unstable because of storm damage, which is complicating repairs, officials said.

People should avoid contact with waste material, soil or water in the area, officials said.

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