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Equipment Blamed for Release of Galveston Wastewater Sludge

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    Equipment Blamed for Release of Galveston Wastewater Sludge
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    GALVESTON, TX - MARCH 25: The Carnival Cruise Ship "Triumph" along with two other cruise ships sit in the Houston Port unable to leave after an oil spill on March 25, 2014 in Galveston, Texas. Over 160,000 gallons of oil spilled from a barge On March 22, 2014 in Galveston Bay, closing the 50-mile Houston Ship Channel. (Photo by Thomas Shea/Getty Images)

    Experts blame equipment failure for the release of about 135,000 gallons of wastewater sludge into Galveston Bay.

    Galveston officials say Tuesday's accidental release from the $75 million main wastewater treatment facility should have no impact on the city's drinking water supply. A city statement says the incident involves partially aerated sludge.

    Authorities say the city has removed the unit that failed and led to the spill just west of the Pelican Island Bridge. Water samples will be tested, as a precaution, amid environmental concerns.

    It's the second accidental release from Galveston's wastewater treatment plant in about a year.

    Officials blamed a faulty valve for the August 2016 release of more than 135,000 gallons of partially treated sludge into Galveston Bay.