- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two water utility employees have lost their jobs as a result of the dumping of 6 million gallons of partly treated sewage into the Rio Grande in February.

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority Chief Operating Officer John M. Stomp tells the Albuquerque Journal (https://bit.ly/1B2HOLU ) the spill occurred because of a lack of system maintenance.

He says an electrical supervisor was fired, a superintendent retired in lieu of termination and other disciplinary action may be taken.

Officials say a power surge knocked out power to a pump station Feb. 27 and a sewer-lift station at the Southside Water Reclamation Plant.

After power was restored to the lift station, the pump station did not come back on line, causing partly treated sewage to overflow.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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