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Coos Bay: Sewage Overflows/Micro Organisms Die Prompts Notification To DEQ
The City of Coos Bay had to report two incidents in their wastewater treatment and collection system to the Department of Environmental Quality today. A sewage overflow was reported from a manhole off Lakeshore Drive in the Empire District following a grease blockage in the pipe system. About 600 gallons of sewage was spilled into Chickses Creek through the storm sewer system. That system outfalls into the creek. In a separate incident, Wastewater crews also discovered that the city’s plant two in empire had experienced an upset that is necessary for treating the city’s sewage. Micro-organisims used in the process had been killed off. Crews were in the process of introducing the organisms from plant one to get treatment back up to balanced. Crews are also trying to determine the toxic substance that killed the organisms. In both incidents DEQ, Coos Health and Wellness and Oregon Department of Agriculture were notified. Prior to consuming shellfish from the bay, the city recommends that you check for health safety updates.
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