Near Eddyville, Untreated Sewage Flows into Tributary

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Surely dirty, but perhaps not too dangerous.

A failed pump sent as much as 50,000 gallons into a tributary of the Des Moines River, but the Iowa DNR says it does not pose an immediate health risk, reports the Des Moines Register today.

Ottumwa residents should take heed, however. The Des Moines River supplies its drinking water, the DNR said.

Eddyville residents faced a previous sewage problem last July when heavy rains sent untreated sewage through house drains.