Sewage spill fouls creek |

Sewage spill fouls creek

Area residents are being asked to avoid Deer Creek downstream of Lake Wildwood for at least seven days after an estimated 10,000 gallons of partially treated sewage spilled into the creek Tuesday morning.

The spill occurred between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Lake Wildwood Wastewater Treatment Plant, where a chlorine treatment unit failed, according to the Nevada County Department of Environmental Health.

Health department officials announced the spill via fax to local media outlets shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday. Employees of Wastewater/Sanitation District No. 1 familiar with the spill couldn’t be reached for comment by The Union.

This is the third reported spill of sewage into western Nevada County creeks in less than a year. A clogged sewer main in October dumped 5,000 gallons of raw sewage into Deer Creek near Miner’s Trail in Nevada City.

Less than a month earlier, the Grass Valley Wastewater Treatment plant discharged 700,000 gallons of nonchlorinated wastewater into Wolf Creek.

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