- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MAPLETON, Iowa (AP) - A western Iowa city has been discharging untreated sewage into the Maple River because of delays to repairs at its wastewater treatment plant.

The Sioux City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1hvSYK0 ) the city of Mapleton began releasing the sewage Tuesday.

The city began routing wastewater to ponds on May 15 to allow crews to make repairs to a wall at the treatment plant. After heavy rains on Monday filled the ponds to capacity, workers began discharging the sewage to prevent damage to the ponds.

Workers should finish the plant repairs by Wednesday or Thursday.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recommends that people and pets stay away from the area for 24 hours after the repairs are completed.



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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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