Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26, a tank failure at the Escondido Water Treatment Plant caused the accidental release of 15,000 gallons of  a 20% solution of sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda.  The liquid traveled down a paved roadway and then onto a dirt area where it has been contained.  The spill did not affect the city’s drinking water supply in any way, nor were there were any injuries or any need for evacuation of the surrounding area.  The San Diego County HazMat Team is working with Escondido officials to develop a remediation plan for the affected area.