Wastewater bypass found in Fairfield
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is recommending keeping children and pets away from Crow Creek at least until Wednesday morning due to a discharge into the creek.
About 9 a.m. Monday, Fairfield city workers discovered a wastewater discharge on the east side of town.
The discharge was tied to a break in a collection line, and an unknown amount of untreated wastewater was entering Crow Creek near Chautauqua Park.
According to Fairfield wastewater plant superintendent Shawn Worley, a sewer plug was installed about 10:30 a.m. Monday as a flow diverter and it did greatly reduce the water being discharged.
Worley said Drish Construction was on the scene to work on the repair with the city employees.
Nineteen feet of ductile iron pipe was installed to replace the bad section, and the overflow was repaired at 5:05 p.m. Monday, Worley said.
According to Worley, city employees collected water samples for testing from upstream, downstream and the discharge area and now are awaiting results.
For more information contact Dennis Ostwinkle or Jim Kacer at the Washington DNR field office, 319-653-2135 or Dennis.Ostwinkle@dnr.iowa.gov or Jim.Kacer@dnr.iowa.gov.