For Immediate Release
August 14, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Stream Advisory Issued for the Kansas River in Pottawatomie County

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is issuing a Stream Advisory for the Kansas River in Pottawatomie County downstream from the City of Manhattan.

On the evening of August 13, KDHE was notified that the City of Manhattan wastewater treatment plant lost power due to the windstorm. The City of Manhattan is not fully able to treat the wastewater and therefore partially treated wastewater is being  bypassed into the Kansas River.  The City of Manhattan is working with Westar to restore power.

KDHE anticipates elevated levels of pathogens in the Kansas River as a result of this sewage bypass. Individuals are advised to avoid contact with the River and to restrict pets and livestock from contact with River water until the extent of the impact from the sewage bypass can be determined.

KDHE personnel are in contact with the City and evaluating the extent of the bypass. KDHE has also notified downstream water supplier.  As soon as the bypass ceases, updated information will be issued regarding this Stream Advisory.