The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. EPA, in coordination with local and other state and federal officials, are continuing to work together to address the human health and environmental impacts of Hurricane Harvey. TCEQ alone has 500 people assisting in the response effort.
Currently, 1,920 of the 2,800 drinking water systems and 903 of the 1,219 wastewater treatment plants potentially affected by Harvey are fully operational. Assistance teams in the field are working to get the remaining systems back to operational status. Water quality sampling efforts have been focused on industrial facilities and hazardous waste sites. Authorities continue to advise caution for those exposed to flood to floodwaters. There are 15 dams that have reported some type of damage.
TCEQ staff and EPA both have been working on Superfund site assessments, with many now complete. State and local authorities are in the midst of restoring air monitoring stations that temporarily were shut down in preparation for Harvey.
For additional information, please visit TCEQ’s hurricane response page.