Heard, who declared an emergency at 10 a.m., said he didn’t know what caused the discharge, but he said speculation points to obstructions in the aerator basin, causing an overflow.
Heard said the problem will cost a minimum of $150,000, and four companies are bidding for the job to fix it.
“It’s got to come out of the general fund,” Heard said. He said the sewer department budget was depleted.
The job will be done at night when there is a six-hour window to do the repairs.
As of Tuesday night, the job looked like it would be done by ADK Construction, but the equipment wouldn’t arrive until later in the evening.
The Texas Commission On Environmental Quality is also aware of the discharge, and penalties are likely, Heard said.
“We will be fined. The TCEQ haven’t given us an amount yet,” he said.