TCU works to fix locker room sewage problem

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on January 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 9:21 PM

FORT WORTH -- A report from the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality indicates that thousands of gallons of sewage were accidentally funneled from a locker room adjacent to TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium into a nearby drainage ditch during the past six months.

The concrete ditch eventually runs through the Colonial Country Club area and into the Trinity River.

University officials said they moved quickly to fix the problem when it was finally discovered last week, months after a $160 million renovation of the stadium.

"The problem has been corrected, authorities have inspected the work, and there does not appear to have been harm to the water quality or eco-life," the university said in a statement.

The line problem has since been fixed, and the report states the City of Fort Worth's Environmental Services Division inspected the area in question and gave the all clear.

According to a report, during recent renovations a sewer line for a redone locker room was inadvertently attached to a storm line that runs underneath the field, which funnels into the channel behind the stadium.

Initial estimates were that more than 20,000 gallons of sewage water could have been released, but the actual figure is less than half that, according to the state.

Students like Kimberly McCleary were surprised to hear about the mistake.

"It's unbelievable," McCleary said.

Local environmental groups expressed concern about just what was in the waste. The report doesn't go into those details.

The university said the renovations of the facility in question overlapped with the stadium renovation, but were technically two separate ventures. 

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