WASTEWATER FORCE MAIN BREAK IN CLINTON RESULTS IN BYPASS TO MISSISSIPPI RIVER

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(official statement from the Iowa DNR)

CLINTON – A break in a force main resulted in a bypass of 50,000 gallons of raw domestic wastewater to the Mississippi River early Tuesday evening. The city immediately mobilized crews to address the break. 

A means to pump and haul waste was initiated to minimize the quantity discharged to the river. Downstream water suppliers in Davenport, Fort Madison, Burlington and Keokuk were notified.

By 9:30 p.m. the repairs had been completed. The city hauled 4,500 gallons of wastewater to the wastewater plant.

The wastewater was not released into a public area and its dilution in the Mississippi River does not pose a known public health threat.

The DNR is monitoring the situation.