Hazmat team responds to ammonia leak at Manhattan water treatment plant

(Courtesy: Manhattan Fire Dept.)
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) — An ammonia leak sparked a hazmat response to Manhattan's water treatment plant Thursday morning.

City officials say workers doing a routine check of the facility just after 11 a.m. noticed a smell. They discovered a small leak in a 12-foot-deep pit where ammonia is injected with the water treatment process.

The Manhattan Fire Dept. was called to vent the area and dilute the ammonia.

City officials say they will complete repairs Friday. For now, they are using a backup line, so there is no disruption in service or effect on the water quality.

Officials added that nobody was hurt.