WELLMAN - The city of Wellman in Washington County discovered wastewater coming out of a storm sewer about noon Tuesday.
The city staff thinks a wastewater pipe broke and is investigating to find the breakage location. They are unsure how long the untreated wastewater has been discharging, but estimate about 63,000 gallons have gone to Smith Creek and then flowed into the English River.
The DNR is requiring the city to pump the wastewater to the nearest sanitary sewer intake until repairs are made. They've also asked the city to collect water samples and test for pollutants.
Residents should keep children and pets out of the area until 48 hours after repairs are completed.
The DNR will continue to monitor the situation.