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Children and pets asked to steer clear of area near wastewater spill

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Control equipment at a Dubuque pumping station on 16th and Sycamore streets failed on Friday morning, leading to an unknown amount of sewage spilling into the 16th Street Detention Basin.

The incident was reported by operators at the Water and Resource Recovery Center (W&RRC) after they realized low flows were being reported in their computer system. Officials say the flow wasn't brought up by the system because a monitoring system at the station was out of order and kept sending a signal to the computers suggesting that it was still working. Those with the W&RRC say the control system has been repaired within moments after the problem was discovered.

The Iowa DNR says children and pets should stay away from the area through the weekend.

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