The City of Amarillo has a problem on its hands and it may require more attention than what is intended so far as quick and effective correction.

Two wastewater spills at the Hollywood Road Wastewater Treatment Facility within 24 hours of each other this week bring that total number to five in the past three weeks. The volume collected in the Playa Lake located on that property is now nearing 1.5 million gallons of what is described as “partially treated wastewater.”

In a recent Press Release, the COA maintained the issues at the facility go back decades, but there seems to be no real answer to the question of what to do now to stop these spills. The recently approved 23/24 Fiscal Budget did include $17 million for what are being called “Critical Projects” at the HRWTF. Those include:

  • Blowers
  • Headwork
  • Overall site electrical
  • Influent pump station
  • North secondary clarifiers
  • Sludge

No word nor update at this time as to what has been done regarding efforts to stop the spills or implement fixes, temporary or otherwise, at the HRWTF.