In a mere 15 minutes, about 80,000 gallons of feces, urine and laundry waste rushed into the Columbia River on Wednesday. The untreated sewage release occurred between 10:42 and 10:57 a.m. while a contractor was calibrating pumps at Vancouver’s Westside Wastewater Treatment facility. The release was initially believed to be closer to 100,000 gallons, but the city later revised the figure.
This is the second such spill this month.
The first released 400,000 gallons into the river Oct. 5 after a power failure rendered the facility generators inoperable. This release was the first of its kind in the last 26 years.
The release is not related to the prior incident, said Loretta Callahan, Vancouver Public Information Officer.
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