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Pump station breakdown contaminates Eight Mile Creek in Butler, Cowley counties

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, June 25, 2012, at 5:05 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, June 25, 2012, at 5:13 p.m.

State officials issued a public health advisory Monday for Eight Mile Creek in Butler and Cowley counties after an equipment failure at Rose Hill’s main water pump station resulted in sewage being dumped into a tributary of the creek and contaminating the water.

Rose Hill shut down the station Sunday as the result of the equipment breakdown. The pump station has since been restarted, stopping the release of wastewater, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said.

The health advisory extends through the portion of Eight Mile Creek from Southwest Butler Road north of Rose Hill in Butler County to where the creek enters the Walnut River in Cowley County.

People shouldn’t have any contact with the creek’s water within those locations, KDHE said. Residents are also advised to keep their pets and livestock from making contact with the water.

State and Rose Hill officials are collecting samples of the creek and will continue to follow up with water testing to determine when the advisory can be lifted.

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