Health advisory lifted for most waterways after sewage releases; northern Lawrence stream still affected

photo by: City of Lawrence

The city has posted health advisories along some Lawrence rivers and creeks after a failure at a wastewater treatment plant led to sewage releases into local waterways.

The state of Kansas has lifted health warnings for several Lawrence waterways following sewage releases last week, but one local stream remains under the advisory.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment lifted health advisories for the Kansas River, Wakarusa River, Brush Creek and Burroughs Creek on Tuesday, the city said in a news release. The Hallmark Tributary, which passes through an area near railroad tracks and under the Kansas Turnpike to the west of the Kansas River’s northward bend, is still under an advisory as of Tuesday, the city said.

The advisories were issued Friday after equipment failed during heavy rainfall at a Lawrence sewage treatment plant and the city was forced to release wastewater into local streams. The city fixed the equipment at the plant and stopped the releases Saturday morning.



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