- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials say hundreds of gallons of untreated wastewater have been discharged into the Mississippi River after a malfunction at a Clinton pumping station.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says two of the collection system’s three main pumps failed around 10 a.m. Tuesday, pumping about 500 gallons per hour of untreated wastewater into the river until early afternoon. A contractor then began collecting the wastewater for transport to a treatment plant.

City officials say they aren’t sure what caused the failure, but that they believe a faulty valve is to blame. They say the pumps should be working by Wednesday afternoon.

Clinton plans to collect water samples around the discharge site, and the DNR will continue to monitor the situation.


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