A break in a wastewater force main in Jackson, Minn., resulted in the releast of over 100,000 gallons of raw wastewater into the West Fork of the Des Moines River over the past weekend. Jackson is located 20 miles north of Estherville and 35 miles north of Emmetsburg.
According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Spencer Field Office, the release began around 1 a.m. Saturday, April 8 in Jackson when a force main broke. An estimated 10,000 gallons of wastewater per hour began flowing into a storm drain that drained into the Des Moines River when the break occurred.
Repairs to the broken main were not completed until some 14 hours after the break occurred, around 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, the current high water levels and high water flow volume of the river are helping to negate the effects of the previously diluted wastewater, and the spillage is not expected to cause any impact on the river environment downstream.