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News Release
Friday, September 08, 2017

HOUSTON - As of Friday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m., the West District and Turkey Creek wastewater treatment plants in west Houston are still offline due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent release from the Addicks and Barker Reservoir dams. 

These wastewater plants provide sanitary sewer service to zip codes: 77024, 77041, 77043, 77055, 77077, 77079, 77080, and 77094 (map below).

The flood water at the West District Wastewater Treatment Plant has begun to recede and work to assess the damage to the plants began late this afternoon. The excess flow from the West District plant is designed to be diverted to the Upper Braes Wastewater Treatment plant, which is currently exceeding its capacity.

The Turkey Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is still inaccessible except by boat.

To address the current backup issues, Houston Water is directly pumping wastewater from the impacted neighborhoods into tanks for transportation to other wastewater treatment plants and is working on a by-pass pumping system which should be operational tomorrow. 

These measures will not replace all of the lost wastewater treatment capacity, but they should help lessen some of the impact on the local community. 

Until the wastewater treatment plants are dried, repaired and brought back online, businesses and residents in the impacted areas are urged to assist their neighbors in preventing sanitary sewer backups by continuing to minimize the amount of wastewater entering the system. 

Some ways to minimize wastewater are taking shorter showers, not running the dishwasher, washing fewer loads of clothes and flushing the toilet a little less.

Updates will be posted to, #HOURecovers, and on Twitter @HoustonPWE.

For questions and concerns call 3-1-1.

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