One Million Gallons of Wastewater Released into Missouri River

8 years 1 week 4 days ago Tuesday, March 15 2011 Mar 15, 2011 Tuesday, March 15, 2011 9:22:00 AM CDT March 15, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press

ST. JOSEPH (AP) - More than 1 million gallons of wastewater was accidentally released into the Missouri River in St. Joseph. The state Department of Natural Resources said the release of 1.2 million gallons of partially treated wastewater occurred Friday night when a pump failed in the St. Joseph wastewater treatment system.

The department considers discharges of wastewater from sanitary sewer collection systems to be potential threats to public health. But the DNR said the release Friday would likely not affect drinking water systems downstream because of recent heavy storm runoff and because the wastewater had been partially treated.

 

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