Main break dumps 11 million gallons of sewage

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (AP) – Officials say a main break that dumped 11 million gallons of sewage in the Chesterfield area did not pose a public health threat.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reportsĀ  some of the sewage discharge went into the Missouri River upstream from drinking water intakes for the city of St. Louis and for Missouri American Water, which serves parts of St. Louis and St. Charles counties.

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District says it finished replacing 100 feet of pipe Friday night and cleanup was done Saturday.

The break in the main occurred Sept. 8, releasing sewage into a drainage ditch leading to the Missouri River. The sewer district set up a dam and pumping system but rain last week kept sewage flowing to the river and slowed repairs.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com