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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – MSD, the Metropolitan Sewer District, Wednesday afternoon released a statement; saying a power outage caused one of its wastewater treatment plants to go off line.  The Bissell Point Wastewater Treatment Plant is located at 10 East Grand Avenue in north St. Louis, discharged approximately 3.5 million gallons of untreated sewage water into the Mississippi River between 12:15 pm and1:45 pm.

The power outage was caused by two of three feeder lines into the plant failing.  The plant requires two active power lines in order to maintain operation.

Normal operations at the plant was restored at 1:45 pm when two lines came back online.

In accordance with state law, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources was notified of the discharge.

MSD further stated, that the untreated waste water posed minimal risk to human health, safety and to the environment, to due the fact that wastewater was instantaneously diluted by the Mississippi Rivers flow rate and volume of water.