The purpose of this press release is to update Sanger residents on the
situation involving the Wastewater Treatment Plant and request your assistance in reporting any
suspicious activities related to illegal dumping.
As many of you are aware, the plant has experienced intermittent odor issues during the past
eighteen months. This was originally caused by an accumulation of “bad” bacteria in the plant.
As a result, a long and expensive process ensued to address the problem. The City mobilized
resources and engaged several experienced consultants and experts in the wastewater industry to
assist with corrective measures.
Recently, the plant has again experienced a setback caused by a possible incident of illegal
dumping into our sanitary sewer system. Based on feedback from our consultant, we believe
several other similar incidents may have occurred within the past few months, which could be
contributing to the slow recovery process of the plant. In retrospect, this may have been the
initial cause of the disruption of the plant from the outset.
The Sanger Police Department has been notified and they are currently investigating evidence
that may support the illegal dumping allegations. Furthermore, after additional research the City
has concerns that this may be occurring at a regional level and it is not isolated just to our
municipality. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage residents to be vigilant and
report any suspicious activity occurring around manholes and grease traps within the city by
contacting the Sanger Police Department non-emergency number at 940-458-7444. You may
also report information to Denton County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-388-TIPS (8477).
Prior to any of these issues, the City began a needed, but unrelated, update of the current plant to
prepare for the City’s future growth. This is a multi-million dollar project and renovation
improvements are currently underway. Regular updates on this project are published in the City’s
Monthly Report, which can be accessed online on the City’s website.
The City is committed to resolve this issue and continues to allocate the resources necessary to
address the problem. Again, we are working to resolve this as quickly as possible and encourage
residents to report any suspicious activities related to illegal dumping. We appreciate your patience
and thank you in advance for your vigilance.
Sanger, Texas City Hall
502 Elm St, Sanger, TX 76266
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