Sewage spill at Bridgeton Landfill contained

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BRIDGETON, MO (KPLR) – A sewer line running from a pump station at the Bridgeton Landfill spilled out approximately 11,000 gallons of sewage, the Metropolitan Sewer District said Tuesday.

According to an MSD spokesman, a technician was conducting a routine maintenance inspection and discovered the pump station was not operating. Sewage overflowed from a manhole into a ditch and was contained.

There sewage overflow poses no immediate threat to public safety, the spokesman said. It’s unclear just how long the pump station was not working.

The pump station, located on the landfill property, is owned and operated by MSD. It takes the sewage from the Bridgeton Landfill’s pre-treatment facility and sends it along to the Bissell Pointe Wastewater plant located along the Mississippi River.

A private contractor has been tasked with handling the sewage cleanup at the site in the interest of completing the job at a quicker pace.

The exact cause of the spill was not immediately identified. The incident was reported to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Republic Services, which owns the property, had no comment on the matter.