Broken Everett, Wash., sewer pipe repaired
Friday, April 13, 2012
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- An Everett, Wash., spokeswoman says a broken sewer pipe that spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage into a creek has been repaired.
That creek eventually flows into Lake Washington.
Spokeswoman Kate Reardon says water quality reports late Friday indicated oxygen and acidity levels in North Creek were within normal ranges for an urban stream. Officials are awaiting bacteria level results. They'll continue to sample creek water through the weekend.
She says five dead fish have been seen, including a 2-inch goldfish.
Everett's drinking water supply was not affected but Reardon cautions residents to avoid contact with creek water.
The 20-inch-diameter iron sewer pipe that broke early Thursday was repaired by early Friday. Reardon says crews replaced about 25 feet of pipe. The cause of the break has not yet been determined.
The state Ecology Department and other agencies have been notified of the spill.