Since flooding shut down two pumps last week the St. Louis Sewer District dumped hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage into Mississippi River. An estimated 60 million gallons of raw sewage has been pumped into the Mississippi River
It’s been one week since flood waters forced two large pumps at a north St. Louis treatment plant to fail. The pumps have allowed hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage to run into the Mississippi River.
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Metropolitan Sewer District officials said when the Mississippi River runs high, pipes discharging water get blocked and sewage has to be pumped into the river. Authorities said as of Monday morning 60 million gallons of raw sewage was being pumped into the water.
When two pumps failed April 21, more untreated sewage was coming in than the amount of treated water that could be pumped out. MSD said they had to let the raw sewage go straight into the Mississippi River.
MSD officials said the environmental impact is “negligible because of dilution.” Officials said the river was running past the plant Tuesday at 4.5 million gallons per second or nearly 400 billion gallons daily.
The St. Louis sewer district has installed temporary pumps aimed at limiting the discharge of untreated sewage into the flooding Mississippi River.
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