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Waste Water Emergency (Updated on 8/4-3:00 PM)

Todd Fisher, Director of the Richland Center Waste Water Utility has canceled the Waste Water Emergency. As of 2:15 this afternoon the utility is working normally.

Work has been completed on the Richland Center Waste Water Utility transport pipe. After July's flood in Richland County, a breech in the waste water treatment piping was found on Thursday. The result of the breech was a mix of flood water, sand, mud, rocks, and other debris in the system. To clean the system officials used a device known as a “PIG” to push the debris through the transport pipe. Unfortunately, the “PIG” became stuck and flow of sewerage was blocked. The blockage caused an overflow at the pumping station, the old treatment center in town. However, the system in this instance worked properly as the ground of the arboretum along the Pine River worked as a leech field. Nothing toxic entered the river and the Department of Natural Resources was made aware of the situation from the on-set.

The Richland Center Waste Water Utility has followed guidelines, however, persons who frequent the Pine River are advised to stay clear of the river south of the downtown pumping station, the old treatment center in the downtown for at least the next 48 hours. It is safe to participate in normal activities on the Pine from Seminary Street to the north. Also, the bike trail from Highway 80 to Seminary Street is closed at this time.