Yesterday morning Toledo Public Works staff was 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 on to the local area and into the adjacent stormwater catch basin, affecting the Depot Slough, a tributary to the Yaquina River.
A city contractor was promptly notified and arrived on-site at approximately 9:00 am to evaluate and begin the repair. At approximately 2:30 pm July 13, 2017, the repair band was placed onto the wastewater sewer main at which time the raw sewage spill has stopped. Additional details will be provided as they are warranted and as required.
According to Oregon standards, Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Office of Emergency Services (OES) were promptly notified, along with other regulatory agencies. Appropriate signs and notices were made along the affected area. Measures were implemented at the discovery of the break to control flow towards a stormwater system. Public Works staff acted responsibly, immediately implementing a safe plan. The Public Works Department would like to assure citizens their drinking water has not been contaminated.
Water samples were being taken from the Yaquina and being tested for bacteria.