Liberty Hill lays out steps taken to keep San Gabriel River sewage-free

Liberty Hill lays out steps taken to keep San Gabriel River sewage-free
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    NUMBER OF DEFINCIES FOUND. 2-SYDNEY:TODAY - THE CITY OF LIBERTY HILL RESPONDED TO OUR QUESTIONS ABOUT TWO RECENT DUMPING VIOLATIONS FROM THE STATE.2-ROBERT:ON MONDAY WE TOLD YOU ABOUT AN INVESTIGATION BY THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY THAT UNCOVERED CHLORINE AND HUMAN WASTE IN THE SAN GABRIEL RIVER.KXAN INVESTIGATOR ERIN CARGILE ASKED CITY LEADERS WHAT THEY'RE DOING TO KEEP IT FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. THIS IS THE OUTFLOW SPOT WHERE THE CITY OF LIBERTY HILL HAS A PERMIT TO DUMP TREATED WASTEWATER INTO THE SOUTH FORK OF THE SAN GABRIEL RIVER.IT'S THE SAME SPOT WHERE A TCEQ INVESTIGATOR FOUND HUMAN WASTE PILED 18 INCHES DEEP ON THE RIVER BED...IN MARCH. WASTE THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE REMOVED BEFORE LEAVING THE TREATMENT PLANT.TWO MONTHS PRIOR, LOCALS COMPLAINED TO THE STATE AGENCY ABOUT THICK ALGAE AND FOAM FLOATING ON THE SURFACE OF THE WATER - AND SAID THE RIVER SMELLED LIKE BLEACH.THURSDAY, CITY LEADERS ASKED FOR AN OFF-CAMERA CONVERSATION AT CITY HALL WHERE THEY ADMITTED MISTAKES WERE MADE.AND THEN SHOWED ME AROUND THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT TO EXPLAIN NEW SYSTEMS THEY'VE PUT IN PLACE - TO KEEP IT FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR SAYS DE- CHOLORINATION TABLETS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THIS FINAL DISINFECTION STAGE BEFORE THE WATER REACHES THE RIVER - TO ENSURE THERE'S NO CHLORINE GOING IN.AND FOR THE FIRST TIME - THE CITY SAYS SOMEONE HAS STARTED CHECKING THIS OUTFLOW POINT áDAILY FOR PROBLEMS, DOING WEEKLY MAINTENCE CHECKS AND TAKING WATER SAMPLES.BUT THOSE WHO LIVE ALONG THE RIVER TELL KXAN THERE'S STILL NO FLOW OF COMMUNICATION FROM THE CITY WHEN ISSUES POP UP. ERIN: SOME RESIDENTS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE LACK OF COMMUNICATION COMING FROM CITY LEADERS ABOUT THE PROBLEMS, THE VIOLATIONS FROM TCEQ - LETTING THEM KNOW ABOUT WHAT'S IN THEIR RIVER THAT THEY'RE LIVING NEXT TO, SWIMMING IN, THEIR KIDS ARE SWIMMING IN, THEIR GRANDCHILDREN ARE SWIMMING IN. WHY THE LACK OF COMMUNICATION? MAYOR RICK HALL/CITY OF LIBERTY HILL: I CAN'T SPEAK ON THAT FOR ANYBODY ELSE BUT FROM MY STANDPOINT I'M AN OPEN BOOK, I CAN PROVIDE MY EMAIL CONTACT TO YOU YOU CAN GIVE IT TO WHOEVER YOU WANT TO, MY PERSONAL CELL PHONE NUMBER, ANYONE WANTS TO CALL ME I CAN PROVIDE THEM ANY INFORMATION AND I AM DEDICATED TO ANY OF THE RESIDENTS ALONG THE AREA, IF THEY REACH OUT TO THE CITY AND PROVIDE US AN EMAIL CONTACT I CAN PROVIDE THEM WITH A MONTHLY REPORTS, ANY CONCERNS THEY MAY HAVE THEY CAN REACH OUT THROUGH MY EMAIL AND I CAN ADDRESS THAT 09 ROBERT: THE MAYOR'S CONTACT INFORMATION IS ON OUR WEBSITE WITH THIS STORY AT KXAN.COM. THE CITY OF LIBERTY HILL IS IN THE MIDDLE OF TRYING TO RENEW ITS PERMIT WITH TCEQ TO RELEASE UP TO 4-MILLION GALLONS OF TREATED WASTEWATER PER DAY. THE MAYOR SAYS RIGHT NOW, THEY RELEASE ABOUT 750- THOUSAND GALLONS PER DAY. SOME ARE TRYING TO FIGHT THAT - AND ARE PUSHING THE CITY TO FIND WAYS TO REUSE THE WATER FOR
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