Malfunction Causes Wastewater Release

Monday, January 9, 2017 @ 03:01 PM gHale

An electrical malfunction associated with the pumping system at the Blucher Poole Wastewater Treatment Plant in Bloomington, IN, resulted in 104,500 gallons of untreated wastewater discharging into Bean Blossom Creek Thursday.

Workers discovered the issue and fixed it within minutes and no abnormalities ended up observed during a subsequent inspection of the creek.

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“We’re evaluating every possible scenario as to why the electrical malfunction occurred,” said City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) Director Vic Kelson. “We will be conducting a thorough analysis of the electrical system at the plant to prevent similar situations from happening again in the future. It has been repaired and we do not anticipate any additional discharges as a result.”

An internal investigation is underway to determine what caused the electrical failure.

“Our plant operators and maintenance staff are trained to respond to all types of situations, and all of the proper steps were followed,” Kelson said.

Kelson said the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is aware of the incident.

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