- Associated Press - Thursday, August 17, 2017

TROPHY CLUB, Texas (AP) - A north Texas utility district may lose its operating permit after receiving over 30 citations for state wastewater law violations over the last six years.

An administrative hearing next month will determine if the Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 can renew its permit and continue handling wastewater, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported .

The permit lets the district release about 1.75 million gallons of treated wastewater daily into Lake Grapevine tributaries. The lake serves as a popular recreation area, provides a source of drinking water and irrigates golf courses and ponds.

Trophy Club resident Danny Mayer said the violations are a sign of poor management.

“They are in over their heads,” Mayer said.

District officials said it has already addressed the problems.

One violation involved over 7,000 gallons of sewage spilling into the lake in 2016 after a tree branch damaged a sewage pipe.

“Our staff did a great job on finding the leak and getting right on it to repair the leak,” former district board president Kevin Carr said in March.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality officials cited the agency for responding to the damage slowly and for failing to promptly notify the public about the spill. State investigators found water near the spill was being affected three weeks afterward.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality records show the district was fined $75,000 for the violations.

John Carman became the district’s new general manager just weeks ago. He said concerns that the district may lose its permit are “overly dramatic.”

The district is also planning a multimillion-dollar wastewater treatment expansion to better handle future growth.


Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, https://www.star-telegram.com

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