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Contractor drills into sewer line causing wastewater leak in Dewar


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a contractor drilled through a sewer line in Dewar on Thursday afternoon causing a wastewater leak.

The accident happened near Stickney and Second Streets.

The wastewater operator for the Dewar Sanitary Sewer District says a force main was broken when the contractor drilled through the pipe.

The DNR says this is the second time in April that a wastewater discharge was caused by a contractor drilling into a sewer line.

"Unfortunately, One Call does not include water & sewer mains," Mike Wade, an environmental specialist at the Manchester DNR field office, said in a written statement.  "But sewer maps should be looked at before constructing in areas that are served by a sanitary sewer system."

Contractors can get maps from the city water and sewer department or the public works director.

In Dewar, untreated wastewater has pooled on the ground.  People should avoid the area and keep children and pets away from it until 48 hours after the main is repaired.

There is no estimate of when repairs will be made or how much wastewater has been released. Crews are working to find a vacuum truck that can haul the wastewater to the lagoon for treatment until repairs are made.

The DNR is monitoring the situation.

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