Raw sewage spills into Willamette River in Albany

Bacteria should be flushed out of the area within a few days

Sewer flows into the Willamette River (KOIN 6 News, file)
Sewer flows into the Willamette River (KOIN 6 News, file)

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) – The city of Albany says its contractors accidentally last week sent about 3,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Willamette River downstream of Bowman Park.

The city announced the spill on Friday. It happened Wednesday as workers were cleaning and doing maintenance on the sewer system in the area.

The Democrat Herald reports that workers dislodged plugs in old sewer lines that drain into the river, releasing sewage for about two to three hours.

City wastewater superintendent Kristin Preston says crews immediately plugged the old lines to prevent more sewage from spilling. Signs have been posted to warn the public of potential hazards of coming in contact with the water.

The city says bacteria that may have entered the river should be flushed out of the area within a few days.

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