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[IDEM] State helping mitigate environmental impact of Carriage Estates wastewater treatment plant incident
Start Date: 8/27/2013 All Day
End Date: 8/27/2013
Entry Description

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) advises avoiding contact with water downstream of the Carriage Estates wastewater treatment plant in Tippecanoe County while a problem with the facility is being fixed.

 

Partially treated wastewater has been discharged through the plant's outfall on Indian Creek between US 52/231 and SR 26, west of CR N 400 W near West Lafayette. On Sunday night, a blower went out at the facility, making it impossible for sewage-eating microbes to survive. Wastewater from the plant was discharged into Indian Creek that had high levels of ammonia, and low levels of Dissolved Oxygen (DO).

 

IDEM responded to the incident Monday evening, and has been on site since, working with the plant operator to reduce the environmental impact of the release.

 

The low DO levels and high ammonia levels killed a number of fish in Indian Creek for an estimated 1.5 miles downstream of the facility.

 

The Carriage Estates wastewater treatment facility collects and treats wastewater from homes and businesses in Tippecanoe County. Sewer service is not expected to be interrupted as a result of the incident.

 

Individuals who think they may have come in contact with water impacted by the outfall should follow standard precautions to avoid ingestion of river water and wash thoroughly with soap and water. Pets should also be kept away from affected waters.

 

IDEM is working with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Tippecanoe County Department of Heath on this incident.

 

About IDEM

IDEM (http://www.idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting and improving Indiana's environment.

 

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Contact Information:
Name: Dan Goldblatt
Phone: (317) 232-8499
Email: dgoldbla@idem.IN.gov
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