WISCONSIN RAPIDS – On July 15, 2022, at approximately 7:30 a.m., the sanitary sewer interceptor was overtaken by rainwater off Second Avenue S., just south of the roundabout. Rainfall was recorded from 3.9 inches to 5.25 inches in this collection area.
Approximately 165,000 gallons of diluted wastewater overflowed from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. into the Wisconsin River. Areas affected would be the Upper Wisconsin River Southern Sub-Basin in Wood County. Anyone using the river for recreational activity may be exposed to pathogens, such as E.Coli.
Wisconsin Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant is working to prevent a re-occurrence by maintaining infrastructure through televising, cleaning, lining, and grouting sewer mains. Residents should also ensure that they have properly installed drain tile, sump pumps, and roof drains that are hooked up to the stormwater collection system and not the sanitary sewer. It is a violation of the City’s ordinance if residents have such cross connections.
For additional information regarding this matter, please contact:
Superintendent Wisconsin Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant
2540 1st Street South Wisconsin Rapids, WI. 54494
Office: 715.421.8237 firstname.lastname@example.org