News Release 271

Power failure following weekend storm results in wastewater bypass from Stockton’s wastewater treatment plant

Volume 38-271 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 3, 2010 – The weekend storm caused a power failure at parts of the city of Stockton’s wastewater treatment plant allowing approximately 350,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater to bypass from its facility. The city notified the Missouri Department of Natural Resources this morning that the bypass began around 7 p.m. on May 1 and ended this morning around 7:30 a.m.

The partially treated wastewater flowed into the Town Branch. The department dispatched a staff member from its Southwest Regional Office in Springfield today to take water samples from Town Branch.

Clean water regulations require the city to notify the department within 24 hours of the knowledge of a wastewater release and to submit a report detailing the release to the department within five days. The department will base future enforcement action on the city’s report.

For more information on bypasses or other water quality issues, contact the Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300 or 800-361-4827 or visit the department’s website at

To report an environmental emergency, including sewage overflows or bypasses, please contact the department’s spill line at 573-634-2436. For more information contact the department at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's website at