A Samsung facility spilled 763,000 gallons of sulfuric acid waste into a tributary of the Rocky Creek, a water source for the city of Austin, Texas, over 106 days, officials said.
The city first got reports of a smell coming from the water on May 8, and after investigating, found that the waste had come from a Samsung facility nearby.
Samsung then admitted that at least one of its facilities had discharged sulfuric acid into the tributary, although it’s still investigating which one exactly. Officials called it “the worst environmental incident in Austin’s history.”
The city had to spend $4.4 million on a filtration system to clean the water, and officials said it will take another $30 million to restore the tributary to its previous state.
Samsung said it has worked with local authorities to mitigate the impact of its facility. Supermodel Gigi Hadid has called it quits over the cascading fallout over Twitter Blue and the site’s new management.