TOPEKA (KSNT) – The City of Topeka says Topeka Water Pollution Control has begun emergency repairs to a leak in a sewer main. The City says the leak released approximately 55,000 gallons of raw sewage Tuesday morning into the Kansas River.
The leak was discovered about 10:30 a.m., and flow through the pipe immediately was rerouted through another line, preventing further release.
The City says N.E. River Road will be shut down near N.E. Lake and Division streets while repairs are ongoing. The sewer line is a force main that transports untreated sewage from parts of South Topeka to the Oakland Treatment Plant.
The cause of the leak is yet to be determined, though the line was built in the early 70s. The City says the plan is to use the repair work as an opportunity to investigate the integrity of the rest of the pipe in an attempt to locate weaknesses and repair them proactively.
General Manager of Topeka Water Pollution Control says their WPC staff responded immediately when the leak was discovered to prevent further seepage into the Kansas River.
“We are being proactive about this force main in an attempt to avoid future leaks.”
Topeka Water Pollution Control has notified downstream users of the leak.