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PN wastewater discharge pipes under scrutiny

GROVES — The city of Port Neches is working to reinforce two long closed off discharge pipes at their wastewater plant in Groves but some residents still worry that sewage water will make it to Taylor Bayou.

Robert Munson noted the flow of water from the plant located at 6499 Georgia St. and into a concrete drainage ditch about a month ago. Munson believes this was sewage leaking from the facility — he said he was initially told the water he saw was just runoff water from recent rains.

The resident said he has seen items like feminine hygiene products and condoms from the area in question and has made several complaints to the Texas Commissions on Environmental Quality and has spoke with city staff as well.

A representative of TCEQ visited the facility on Monday, according to Taylor Shelton, director of public works for the city. He said they have done everything TCEQ has requested.

“TCEQ is aware,” Shelton said of the issues with the discharge pipes.

  1. Brown, wastewater treatment plant supervisor, walked around to the outside of the perimeter gate in a grassy area between the fence and drainage ditch where he pointed out what repairs will be made.

He explained that there is a plate cutting of the flow of water on one end — that will be reinforced then the pipe will be filled with slurry, which is a concrete mix, then another plate will be reinforced at the place where it meets the ditch.

“This is over 20 plus years of concrete and the ground has shifted,” Brown said. “We are replacing and repairing what time and nature shifted.”

The wastewater treatment facility treats an average of 1.5 million gallons per day, he said.

Munson isn’t the only neighbor near the plant that has launched complaints. One couple on a nearby avenue — Terry and Kay Godwin — have made multiple complaints through the years to TCEQ for various issues including filter flies which are known to feed on organic matter.