WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Town of West St. Paul is asking guests to keep away from contact with the water at Thompson Lake following a 70,000-gallon sewage leak.
“I don’t understand how that would occur,” Ron Waxon mentioned.
He visited the lake Monday to go fishing however turned away after studying the indicators closing the water to the general public.
Town mentioned a defective valve, usually meant to set free air buildup, prompted the sewage to spill into the lake. It was reported round 7 a.m., and inside just a few hours crews stopped the leak.
“It’s actually gross and disgusting and I don’t need the children to go by the water,” West St. Paul resident Kristine Lopez mentioned.
Ross Beckwith, West St. Paul’s public works director, mentioned they’re working with the state’s division of well being and air pollution management to find out if water testing and mitigation strategies are wanted.
“It carries perhaps 1.2 million gallons of sewage a day, so once more this was a reasonably small leak in comparison with what it may have been,” Beckwith mentioned.
Officers mentioned the valve that failed was put in in 2018 and was inside its lifespan. The producer not makes the half, so that they changed it with the most recent mannequin.
It’s unclear how lengthy guests might want to keep away from the water. Town mentioned it’s unlikely the leak will influence surrounding areas and properties.