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Wastewater overflows in Ozark pond after blown fuse

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A blown fuse at a Christian County wastewater lift station resulted in the release of 100,000 gallons of sewage into an Ozark private pond, according to a Monday report from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Ozark city officials contacted DNR on Monday to report a blown fuse at a lift station near U.S. Highway 63 and Missouri Route CC. That blown fuse allowed sewage flowing into the lift station to back up into the nearby private pond, according to a DNR news release.

Based on the time the station was out of service and the rate of wastewater flow traditionally handled by the facility, city officials estimate that 100,000 gallons of wastewater left the site and flowed into the pond, which crews are pumping back into the water treatment system.

Clean water regulations require the city to submit a report detailing a wastewater release to DNR within five days, according to the release. The department will base future enforcement actions on the city's report and an investigator's findings.[[In-content Ad]]

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