City fixes sewage treatment equipment, stops releases into local waterways

photo by: Philip Heying/Journal-World File Photo

The City of Lawrence Wastewater Treatment Facility at 1400 E. Eighth St., is pictured in this file photo from March 13, 2009.

The City of Lawrence has fixed an equipment failure at a wastewater treatment plant that had forced the release of sewage into the Kansas River and other streams.

The Kansas River Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1400 E. Eighth St., was brought back into operation and the sewage releases were stopped around 11 a.m. Saturday, the city said in a news release Sunday morning.

The equipment failure occurred after storms Wednesday night and Thursday morning, when parts of the city and county received around 8 inches of rain.

The city posted health advisory signs along affected waterways, including the Kansas River, the Wakarusa River, Burroughs Creek and several smaller creeks. Those advisories will remain in effect at least through Monday while staff continues to take water samples, the city said in the release.

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