North Bend wastewater treatment plant spills sewage into the bay

A malfunction Tuesday night sent 50,000 gallons of raw sewage into Coos Bay.

NORTH BEND, Ore. - A malfunction Tuesday night sent 50,000 gallons of raw sewage into Coos Bay.

The City of North Bend’s Waste Water Pump Station #2 experienced a pressure sensor fault, the city said.

That caused a release of approximately 50,000 gallons of raw sewage into the bay, according to the city.

City of North Bend officials said the pump station has since been repaired.

The Oregon Emergency Response System, Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Department of Agriculture, and the Coos County Environmental Health Department have been notified.

Superintendent of the waste water treatment plant, Greg Mooney, said because of the larger amount of water in the bay, the sewage spill had no effect on the health of the bay or fecal coliform levels.

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