Brimming wastewater ponds must be lowered to avoid ‘catastrophic failure’

It seems most bodies of water in Travis County are filled to the brim, including wastewater ponds.

The West Travis County Public Utility Agency has two full wastewater holding ponds, resulting from ongoing heavy rains. The utility must lower the water levels in those ponds to avoid overflow, said General Manager Don Rauschuber. The utility will release about 2 million gallons from the two ponds. This is the second “controlled treated effluent spill” by the utility this week.

“The ponds are at full capacity and we cannot let them overtop … If they overtop, it may jeopardize the structural integrity of the pond embankments and cause a catastrophic failure,” he said. “I don’t think there is any chance for human contact.” …Read more from KXAN