WASTEWATER DISCHARGE IN BURLINGTON CAUSED BY TRIPPED BREAKER

Written by Theresa Rose on August 13, 2015

The city of Burlington discharged partially treated wastewater Wednesday after a breaker tripped causing a power outage at the wastewater treatment plant.

By the time city workers reset the breaker and restarted the pumps, wastewater began overflowing the existing storage areas. The discharge ran for about two minutes, releasing 22,000 gallons of wastewater to the Mississippi River.

The city has identified problems with a 50-horsepower pump which may have caused the circuit breaker to trip. The city is investigating how to prevent future power losses.

The DNR will continue to monitor the situation.