UPDATE: Sewage bypass in Manchester blamed on mop head - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

UPDATE: Sewage bypass in Manchester blamed on mop head


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a sewage bypass in Manchester on Wednesday was caused by a mop head.

The DNR says raw sewage from a main near the wastewater treatment pant on Brewer Street was sent into a tributary of the Maquoketa River after a mop head clogged the collection system.

The DNR says about 10 to 30 gallons of raw sewage was released into the tributary every minute.

Once the mop head was removed, the bypass stopped.

The area, which is near a bike/walk path, has been taped off.  People and pets should not enter the tributary downstream of Brewer Street for a minimum of 48 hours.  The DNR also says that contact should be avoided with water flowing downstream from the wastewater plant to Bailey's Ford bridge for 48 hours.

Residents should report to the sanitary sewer department when a large object is accidentally flushed into the sanitary sewer.

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