IA, Keokuk - Power Outage Sends Waste Water Into Mississippi

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March 29, 2000

Power outage sends waste water into Mississippi

The Roquette America industrial waste water treatment facility in Keokuk lost power to its floating aerators, which caused an estimated one million gallons of industrial waste water to be bypassed into the Mississippi River during repairs, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said. The company estimated the new power lines would be installed by this morning.

Roquette started a partial slowdown of its processes to reduce the amount of waste waster released into the river.

"The company is holding off on its ion exchange regeneration process that is the largest waste water contributor at the facility," said Paul Brandt, an environmental specialist with the DNR's Washington office. "This will reduce the amount of waste water normally generated by about half."

Officials downstream in Illinois and Missouri were notified.



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