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Raw Sewage Spills Into Kansas River

Associated Press - April 29, 2015 6:31 am

Topeka officials are encouraging anyone using the Kansas River to take precautions after an equipment failure allowed 3 million of gallons of raw sewage to seep into the waterway.

Water Pollution Control general manager Bob Sample says the leak began about 1 p.m. Friday when the South Kansas River pump station had a power outage. The it wasn’t discovered until noon Sunday when an operator noticed unusually low flows at a wastewater treatment plant.

Sample says the leak went unnoticed because it was the weekend, and because a backup generator also failed and didn’t send notification to a monitoring system.

The city on Tuesday said it still didn’t know what caused the malfunction. Sample says it’s the largest Topeka overflow he has seen.

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Associated Press information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal