June 27, 2014 1:58 pm

Partially treated wastewater released into Wascana Creek

The City of Regina will be releasing phosphorous-rich wastewater into Wascana Creek as the wastewater treatment plant struggles with overflowing lagoons.

Sean Stetner/Global News

REGINA – The City of Regina will be releasing phosphorous-rich wastewater into Wascana Creek as the wastewater treatment plant struggles with overflowing lagoons.

An abundance of rain has left lagoons at the plant on the verge of overflowing, forcing the release of some wastewater before the treatment process can be completed.

The city says the partially-treated wastewater will be blended with fully-treated wastewater in an effort to minimize the impact on the creek.

Excess phosphorous can lead to increased algae growth, though the city says they are working with the Water Security Agency to monitor the situation and that 80 per cent of the water released into the creek will be fully treated.

The wastewater bypass is expected to last at least a week.

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