Coralville sewer break sends more waste into Iowa waters


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Muddy Creek just might get muddier.

A broken sewer line in Coralville has caused an ongoing leak of  of untreated wastewater into the creek, reports the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

[Update – January 1, 2011 1:39 PM– The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that workers in Coralville have temporarily fixed the leak, and wastewater is no longer flowing into Muddy Creek.]

This break, discovered on Thursday, made Coralville the third town in just nine days to send thousands of gallons of wastewater into Iowa’s rivers and streams. 

On December 22, a sewer pump failure near Eddyville sent up to 50,000 gallons of wastewater into a tributary of the Des Moines River, and on Wednesday a plugged line in New Market flushed thousands of gallons of wastewater into the west fork of the One Hundred and the Two River.

Coralville officials remain unsure of why the line broke. They are installing temporary pumps today in hopes of stopping the leak while they look for a more permanent fix, which could take two weeks.

Water remains safe for Coralville residents to drink and use, city officials say, but until the problem is fixed they are asking residents to limit wastewater discharge from laundry washing, showers and toilets.

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