Untreated wastewater spills into east Columbia lake and stream

Friday, January 15, 2010 | 5:20 p.m. CST; updated 5:51 p.m. CST, Friday, January 15, 2010

COLUMBIA — A clogged sewer line in Boone County overflowed Thursday afternoon, sending 2,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into a tributary to Hominy Creek and Waters Edge Lake.

The clogged line served a home in the 2200 block of Lake of the Woods Road, the Department of Natural Resources said in a news release, and the affected bodies of water are nearby.

For more information

For more information on sanitary sewer overflows or other water quality issues, contact the Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program at 751-1300 or 800-361-4827.  You can also go to the department's Web site at

Department investigators were sent to the scene of the spill to determine its impact. Such spills can be "a significant threat to public health and the environment" and cause severe water quality problems, according to the release.

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