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"Mystery pipe" dumps human waste in Mill Creek

This jar of water from mill creek near Thompson Play Park contains high levels of e. coli bacteria, the result of liquid sewage spilling for years from a mysterious upstream pipe, and no one has figured outhow to stop it or who should warn neighbors and users.

Photo by Mark Gibson
This jar of water from mill creek near Thompson Play Park contains high levels of e. coli bacteria, the result of liquid sewage spilling for years from a mysterious upstream pipe, and no one has figured outhow to stop it or who should warn neighbors and users.



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WORKERS ATTEMPT to find the source of a pipe that is spewing water and sewage into Mill Creek 1.8 miles upstream from where it flows into the Columbia River. Contributed photo

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WORKERS MARK search area for pipe that mysteriously stops in the middle of Wright Street, but still has effluent flowing from it. Contributed photo

Since at least August 2012, a “mystery pipe” has been dumping extremely high levels of human waste into Mill Creek, and officials so far cannot find its source, despite extensive efforts...

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JohnSilvertooth 4 years, 6 months ago

Zalaznick has the right idea- if the discharge is illegal - plug it. Seems like a no brainer.

Just tongue in cheek- if someone took it upon their own to plug it that way not only would the source of the water be discovered but then you can bet we would discover which agency was in charge because they all would be stepping all over each other to punish whoever plugged it.

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BigMike 4 years, 6 months ago

  1. The local Health Department/District should be posting the creek," Unsafe to swim or drink the water." It is their duty to protect the public from water borne illness such as this. And, the EPA or State Agency should be notified and concerned regarding the release to water of sewage.
  2. Why don't they just plug the line. Eventually, it will back up and "Poof!" there's your source. (I agree with Mr. Silvertooth!)
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dale 4 years, 6 months ago

Dig up the road and continue. If another obstacle is encountered, dig there. Rinse, repeat.

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GregNeumayer 4 years, 3 months ago

It seems like smoke would easily accomplish what plugging it would, without the damage. I think they should send sulfur smoke or something equally stinky if they're having trouble "seeing" it. But, if as suspected, it's contaminated groundwater---then what do you do? Could be anywhere and everywhere.

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