Sewage isn't getting treated near the Mill Creek after MSD transformer failure
The sewage treatment plant along the Mill Creek is still without power, more than a day after a transformer failed. Metropolitan Sewer District reports the transformer was new, and one of two on site. The other is offline, in the process of being replaced.
MSD says in a statement, the "catastrophic" failure came after a power failure and a surge. Inspections found the failure damaged some "large and specialized high-voltage equipment" beyond repair. The cause of the failure is still under investigation.
Partially treated and untreated waste has been released into the Mill Creek and the Ohio River since Sunday.
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A spokesperson says local drinking water is not threatened. The intake valves for Greater Cincinnati Water Works are far upstream of the treatment plant.
Several portable generators are expected to arrive Monday evening. MSD says they should be operational by Tuesday afternoon, bringing either part or the entire plant back on-line.