MSD water treatment plant flooded

FENTON, MO (KPLR) - Heavy rains Monday morning caused a part of the Wastewater Treatment Facility in Fenton to flood, prompting a warning from the Metropolitan Sewer District to avoid the Meramec River between Fenton and the Mississippi River.

"That building basically got flooded" said spokesperson Lance LeComb.  "You’ve got lights, electrical equipment, electrical panels in there and that’s obviously something that’s not a good mix with water".

Typically, waste is treated through a three step process at the facility; a primary, secondary and ultraviolet light process.  With that facility for the final process being flooded out, water isn't being treated at the extent it usually is.

"We`re only providing partial treatment right now" LeComb said.  "The ultraviolet light treatment we do April 1 through October 31 of every year to coincide with the recreational season, so that`s why we do that.  The wastewater coming through the plant is still getting treated, just not to the extent that we want it to be treated" he said.

"We will see if there`s something temporary we can put in place" LeComb said.  "At the same time continue the assessment and figure out exactly what it is we need to fix over the next probably couple of weeks to bring the treatment plant fully back on line".

A timeline of when things may get back to normal could come by the end of the week.  MSD says the public should not worry about any threats to public safety.  If you come into contact with the water, wash thoroughly with soap.