News Release 693

Maintenance shut-down at Lexington wastewater treatment facility leads to release of 90,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater to Missouri River

Volume 38-693 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 15, 2010 – The shut-down of part of the wastewater treatment facility in Lexington Tuesday resulted in the release of approximately 90,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater into the Missouri River, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Staff from the Lexington wastewater treatment plant contacted the department this morning to report that while the plant’s secondary clarifier was out of service for maintenance, an estimated 90,000 gallons of wastewater from its primary clarifier discharged directly into the Missouri River.

The bypass began at 8 a.m. Tuesday and ended when the secondary clarifier was brought back on line at 3 p.m.

The city is required by law to submit a written report of how the bypass occurred, and what steps are being taken to prevent future bypasses. The department will review the report to determine what enforcement action will be taken in the case.