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Myrtle Point Waste Water Treatment Plant Disrupted
The city of Myrtle Point’s waste water treatment plant has received waste water containing a visible amount of milk, resulting from a spill at a local processor. The milk clouds the waste water and disrupts the treatment process. As a result, the ultraviolet disinfection system is not able to achieve proper inactivation of E-coli bacteria in the effluent water.
City officials ask that the public avoid the South Fork Coquille River at river mile 34 due to the possibility of increased bacteria in the water. The Oregon Emergency Management System and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality were notified and signs are posted. The elevated bacteria levels will remain until proper function of the UV disinfection system can be restored. For more information, call 541-572-2626.