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Sewage flows into tributary

January 30, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Pretreated sewage overflowed from the Conococheague Waste Water Treatment Plant Wednesday morning and spilled into a tributary of Conococheague Creek, said Laurie Bucher, director of environmental health for the Washington County Health Department.

Bucher said the overflow was minor and that fewer than 1,000 gallons of foamy sludge worked its way into an unnamed stream behind the plant.

The overflow happened from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m.

She said crews posted signs along the streams and notified nearby residents of the overflow, but that the spill wasn't expected to cause any problems.

"At this time of the year I don't think anyone is going to be swimming in that stream or fishing," Bucher said.

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She said crews contained the foamy sludge and sucked it out with a vacuum.

Bucher said a digester in the plant failed, causing the overflow.

A digester treats the waste after it goes through the pretreatment process, she said.

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