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System failure leads to partially-treated wastewater discharge

SHENANDOAH - Wednesday morning, officials with the Shenandoah Wastewater Treatment Plant reported a system failure at the treatment plant.

The system failed early this morning and city officials immediately diverted all flow of 25,000 gallons per hour to the storm-water clarifier before being discharged into the East Nishnabotna River.

Officials have contacted a company to repair the system. Until the repair is made, partially treated wastewater is being discharged into the East Nishnabotna River, via a drainage ditch.

DNR recommends anyone avoid contact with the East Nishnabotna River at County Road J32 (190th Street) west of Shenandoah from now until 24 to 48 hours after the discharge ends. Farmers downstream should find alternative sources of drinking water for livestock.

The DNR will continue to monitor the situation and provide technical assistance, and consider enforcement action if appropriate. 

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