- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined the Medford Water Commission $25,000 because it discharged 1.65 million gallons of chlorinated wastewater into Lone Pine Creek.

The commission operates a drinking water treatment, supply and distribution system in Medford.

The DEQ said in a news release Tuesday announcing the civil penalty that the violation occurred early Jan. 9, when the treatment plant’s de-chlorination system malfunctioned

An alarm warned that the system wasn’t working, and chlorinated wastewater - harmful to aquatic life - was entering the creek.

Despite the alarm, the system was not restarted until seven hours later. The DEQ attributed the delay to operator error.

The water commission has until July 1 to appeal.

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