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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Just A Glass Of Water, Without Sewage Please

So apparently sewage has been seeping into a portion of the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone for the past month:

Bureaucratic bungling let raw sewage intermittently seep into Edwards Aquifer recharge zone land for almost a month, environmental activists said Wednesday.

The leak finally was treated Tuesday.

But what hasn't been determined is how reports of a problem as far back as Dec. 14 weren't addressed until this week.

The mishap apparently was caused by contract workers for the Texas Department of Transportation clearing brush to make way for a toll road on U.S. 281 just north of Evans Road.

One of the workers, from the Zachry Construction Corp., reported to San Antonio Water System that a water main was believed to have been hit.

However, SAWS determined that area on the far North Side has water service from the Bexar Metropolitan Water District, and apparently assumed that agency was dealing with the issue.

Except, as the article points out, SAWS is still responsible for sewage even where BexarMet is responsible for the water mains. Hopefully not enough sewage seeped in to begin with. Of course, none of this would be happening without Rick Perry wanting his toll roads.

Update, 1:35pm: In related news, the Federal Highway Administration has pulled its environmental clearance on the same patch of toll roads expansion on US 281. Big victory for the organizations who have been fighting the toll roads tooth and nail since the beginning.