Burlington Wastewater Discharge Due to Power Interruption
A power outage at the Burlington wastewater treatment plant Tuesday morning caused equipment to shut down.
All processing equipment in the headworks building failed during the outage at 9:32 a.m. An estimated 105,000 gallons of untreated wastewater flooded the building and then discharged to the Mississippi River during the 15 minutes before staff could restart the equipment.
Plant workers are cleaning the building, hosing the pavement and area where the effluent flowed into the river.
The DNR will monitor the cleanup.
For more information contact Jim Kacer at 319-653-2135 or 319-461-4005 or Jim.Kacer@dnr.iowa.gov