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June 29, 2018 11:46 AM

White Rock Lake Resumes Regular Operations

The City of Dallas is monitoring a sewage leak that began in Plano along the White Rock Creek. On Tuesday, June 27 at about 3:45 p.m., a contractor bored into a wastewater pipe controlled by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). NTMWD has reported to the Texas Commission Environmental Quality that an estimated 1,069,000 gallons of sanitary sewage overflowed from that incident into White Rock Creek, about 12 miles from where it enters White Rock Lake.

The public should be aware that there is no danger to drinking water. Dallas Water Utilities does not use White Rock Lake as a source of potable water.

Officials from NTMWD and Trinity Watershed Management are conducting environmental assessments and sampling water quality along White Rock Creek. Residents along White Rock Creek who notice anything unusual, such as dead fish, should report it to 3-1-1.

At this time, Dallas Park and Recreation staff have directed Lake partners and organizations to cease all water recreation activities until further notice. Swimming in White Rock Lake is prohibited by city ordinance; out of an abundance of caution, fishing is also discouraged at this time.

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Latest Update:

July 3, 2018 12:03 PM

White Rock Lake Park and Dog Park 7/2/2018
The Park and Recreation Department is alerting lake partners that they can resume normal operations effective Monday, July 2, 2018. The White Rock Lake Dog Park Launch will reopen on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Dallas Trinity Watershed Management will continue to monitor the water for any irregular conditions.

Prior Updates

June 30, 2018 8:58 AM

White Rock Creek/Lake Update, June 29, 2018

All evidence indicates that the released sanitary sewage has only made it as far as Katie Jackson Park (4900 Havenwood). Trinity Watershed Management staff will continue to monitor both the lake and the creek through Sunday, at minimum. Nine locations (3 on the lake and 6 along the creek) are designated to collect samples through the weekend.

North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has reached out to Dallas Water Utilities to see if the wastewater collection system has capacity to accept pumped contaminated water. If there is capacity (and this is definitely an IF), NTMWD will deploy portable pumps at appropriate location(s) and pump to the wastewater collection system.

While we wait to her back from DWU, City staff is looking to find a location in North Dallas where NTMWD could access White Rock Creek with vacuum trucks in order to suck out contaminated water.

TCEQ and TP&W are aware of the plans.

Dallas Park and Recreation Department will keep the White Rock Dog Park open, with the exception of the dog launch, which will remain closed until further notice. Antibacterial wipes and/or hand sanitizer should be applied if anyone has made contact with the water during water activities.

We will continue to send updates as when additional information is received.