TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded the health advisory for Eight Mile Creek in Butler and Cowley counties. Analytical results from sampling the creek indicate that E. coli bacteria concentrations have returned to acceptable levels.
KDHE issued the health advisory on June 25 following equipment failure and the subsequent shutdown of operations at the City of Rose Hill’s main wastewater pump station. For a short while, this incident caused a release of untreated wastewater to a tributary of Eight Mile Creek.
The health advisory extended through the portion of Eight Mile Creek from Southwest Butler Road north of Rose Hill in Butler County to where the creek enters the Walnut River in Cowley County.
It is not known how much water leaked from the pump station, but officials estimate the discharge lasted approximately one day.