Overflow at Wastewater Treatment Plant near Davenport

Posted Online: March 31, 2010, 1:05 pm
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Press release submitted by Iowa Department of Natural Resources

ELDRIDGE -A sewage sludge overflow occurred Monday evening at the Eldridge wastewater treatment plant after an alarm failed when transferring the semi-liquid between tanks.

Most of the sludge was contained on grassy and concrete areas within the plant grounds, but some flowed down the treatment plant's driveway, filling a culvert adjacent to Crow Creek and releasing a small amount to the creek.

Wastewater staff immediately stopped the pumps and started cleaning up the grounds. They also repaired the faulty alarm on the tank.

DNR staff responded Tuesday afternoon to survey the clean-up process and observe Crow Creek. There were no signs of a fish kill or discoloration in the stream.

The city immediately reported the overflow to the DNR. A livestock farmer downstream was notified as well as the Davenport water treatment plant.


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