Car wash wastewater pollutes Texas creek

The river turned bright red on Sunday Richardson

A creek in Texas turned bright red last weekend after a malfunction at a local car wash. They discharged its main wastewater line after a blockage. 

The pictures on Fox4 News about the spillage leave little to the imagination. Floyd Branch Creek looks like something out of a science fiction movie.

According to the city of Richardson, the detergent from the nearby Clean N Shine Express Carwash is non-hazardous. So far, cleaning crews have not seen any immediate impacts. Though they are aware it could affect aquatic life in the creek.


The pollution was spotted by a 16-year-old kid during a quick walk for Sunday morning donuts. “I was going down there and barely look over and see bright red. I look over, and I’m like who? It was all the way down as far as you could see,” he told Fox4.

Overnight, cleaning crews blocked the flow of creek water to prevent the spread of the soap. More than 21,000 gallons of water were removed.

Most of the pollution has been cleaned up during the week.

According to local authorities, Clean N Shine Express Carwash will probably receive an illicit discharge citation, which is punishable up to $2,000. The owner will also be responsible for any expenses incurred during the mitigation and cleanup.

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Author: Rene Passet

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