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Baby wipes aren’t for flushing!

Posted on: March 20, 2018

Public Notice: Accidental Sewer Spill

About 4,000 gallons of untreated wastewater has spilled into a tributary of Mill Creek due to a blocked sewer line. As soon as it was noticed, the flow was stopped.

State officials have been notified. There is no ongoing threat to the environment or to people as the spill was quickly stopped and contained.

The incident occurred around 10PM, Monday, March 19, 2018 in the area of Indian Drive and Brookdale Plaza. The blockage in the line caused sewage to back up and spill out of a manhole and into two Stormwater catch basins that drain into a tributary of Mill Creek, which drains into the New River.

The blockage was believed to have occurred because of items flushed down toilets and drains. A number of undissolved baby wipes or similar items were pulled by crews from the lines to allow it to flow again.

The City maintains a list of items that should not be flushed on our website.

City crews will follow State standards and advice for remediation in the area and City water quality technicians are also monitoring the situation.

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