Boonville Lift Station Failure Results in Wastewater Leak
JEFFERSON CITY - The Department of Natural Resources is investigating the cleanup from an estimated 400,000 gallons of wastewater into a Boonville stream, after Boonville city officials discovered the release of wastewater from manholes.
The wastewater leak happened near Lift Station #2, located on Water Street, on September 21.
City officials noticed the flow to the wastewater treatment plant was significantly lower than normal. Based on the amount of wastewater received at the treatment plant during that time, officials believe that approximately 400,000 gallons flowed from the lift station into Rames Branch. Boonville city officials believe the bypass was caused by an electrical system failure at the lift station.
An investigator from the DNR has sampled water and also discovered a fish kill in Rames Branch approximately 250 yards from the Missouri River. The bypass appeared to affect Rames Branch from the Missouri River back to Morgan Street, south of Water Street. The Missouri Department of Conservation has been called in to document the extent of the fish kill.
The Department of Natural Resources will use the investigator's findings in addition to the city's incident report to determine if enforcement action will be taken.
The city has posted warning signs and crews have begun a cleanup by placing lime in the ground in the affected areas around manholes that were believed to have overflowed. The creek may also be pumped in the to remove the wastewater.