Sanitary Sewer By-Pass Pump Fails, Discharge Flows Into Kansas River

By: Stephanie Schultz/ Nick Viviani
By: Stephanie Schultz/ Nick Viviani

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka's Water Pollution Control Division is testing the Kansas River for E. coli concentrations after a sanitary by-pass station failed last weekend, discharging into one of the area's main water supplies, the city said on Monday.

Workers are still awaiting the test results and will continue to test the levels until they return to normal, the city added. Their meters indicated the spilling happened mostly overnight on Sunday.

The station is currently being rehabilitated, a city spokesperson explained. The pumps that failed were part of a by-pass system designed to reroute the sewage to the North Topeka Wastewater Treatment Plant across the river.

The Water Pollution Control Division is teaming up with a design engineering firm to take corrective actions to prevent any more discharges.

They say they've contacted the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment as well as the Lawrence, Olathe, and WaterOne Utility water treatment plants.


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