Sewage spill goes into Yaquina River

TOLEDO — A ruptured line spilled 146,000 gallons of untreated sewage in Toledo last weekend.

At approximately 8 a.m. on Saturday Dec. 8, Toledo city staff were notified of an apparent sewer main leak on the Butler Bridge force wastewater sewer mainline. It was confirmed the wastewater sewer main had a significant break in which untreated sewage was spilling into a defined containment area and was being controlled by staff until about 3:58 p.m. at which time the containment was no longer manageable.

Untreated sewage then began spilling into an adjacent stormwater catch basin, affecting the Depot Slough, a tributary to the Yaquina River.

A city contractor was notified and arrived on-site at approximately 4 p.m. to evaluate and begin the repair and replacement of the damaged mainline. At approximately 8:48 p.m. on Saturday, the replaced pipe section was placed in the wastewater sewer main, at which time the raw sewage spill had stopped.

The Public Works Department said citizen drinking water has not been contaminated. Tests for harmful bacteria in the spill area have come back negative, according to a city press release.

The media was notified on Wednesday as opposed Dec. 10 to allow Toledo officials to accurately report the estimated volume of the spillage, according to the city.

According to Oregon standards, Department of Environmental Quality and the Office of Emergency Services were promptly notified, along with other regulatory agencies. Signs and notices have been posted along the affected area.

— City of Toledo

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