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March 25th, 2016
Kyle mayor calls emergency meeting on sewage spill


KYLE — Mayor Todd Webster has called an emergency city council meeting at 5 p.m. today to discuss cleanup of a potentially significant sewage spill into a tributary of Plum Creek.

The city’s public works department does not yet know how much wastewater entered the creek’s Bunton branch, but is complying with state law requires public notification of spills of more than 100,000 gallons, treatment operations manager Jason Biemer said this afternoon in a written statement.

The spill, caused by a malfunctioning sewage lift station, has been reported to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Biemer said.

“We are determining everything from when it started to the volume released. As soon as we have a more complete assessment of the situation, we will be able to answer all those vital questions,” Biemer said.

The council may consider appropriating emergency funds for the cleanup, city spokesperson Kim Hilsenbeck said.

COVER PHOTO: A landmark old water town in downtown Kyle. PHOTO by MIKE RASTIELLO

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