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MSD: Wastewater dumped into Ohio River after fire at treatment plant

Published: Apr. 9, 2015 at 7:33 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 16, 2015 at 3:33 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Officials said Thursday that wastewater was being dumped into the Ohio River after a fire knocked out power at a water treatment facility on Wednesday.

Steve Tedder, a spokesman for the Metro Sewer District, said in a release, "Estimates indicate more than 100 million gallons of diluted wastewater have discharged to the Ohio River."

The release, sent Thursday morning, indicated that the discharge is ongoing.

An electrical fire at the Morris Forman Water Quality Treatment Center - the largest combined sewer treatment facility in Jefferson County - caused a power outage damaging electrical and mechanical equipment at the facility. The center is located at 4522 Algonquin Parkway.

Power was restored at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Tedder said, and the treatment process will restart as soon as repairs are cleared for service.

Residents are advised to avoid contact with any affected water until at least 48 hours after the discharged is stopped.

Cleanup will begin when the problem is resolved.

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