The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) says secondary treatment operations have restarted for the Fenton Wastewater Treatment Plant. A community update meeting has also been scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2016, at 6pm. The meeting will take place at the City Hall for the City of Arnold.
More information and a video showing some of the repair process from MSD can be found below.
From the MSD Fenton Wastewater Treatment Plant online update: (Full update can be found HERE.)
Based on the current assessment of the damage and time needed for repairs, it is estimated that full treatment will be brought back on-line in April. Other repairs to ensure backup systems and restore other non-critical functions of the plant will take longer.
MSD will host a community update meeting on Friday, April 8, 2016, at 6:00pm. The meeting will take place at the City Hall for the City of Arnold, located at 2101 Jeffco Boulevard, Arnold, MO 63010. (Please use the rear entrance. Signage will also be posted to the direct the public to the meeting room.) Representatives from MSD will be on hand to report on progress to date in restoring operations at the Fenton WWTP and to answer any questions from the public.
While there is no immediate threat to the public’s health or safety, the public is still advised to avoid contact with the Meramec River from Fenton, Missouri, to the Mississippi River. Signs have been posted in areas where the public may readily come into contact with this section of the river. If anyone should come into contact with the river in this area, it is recommended they immediately and thoroughly wash with soap and water.
MSD will continue weekly water quality monitoring of the Meramec River near the Fenton WWTP.
Until the full treatment process is restored at the Fenton WWTP, MSD will make regular updates available on its website, www.stlmsd.com.
I biked past the yellow tape a week ago on the trail between PJ Clark’s and the George Winter Park Lake. And, of course, the boaters were in the water despite the posted warnings about bacteria in the water from the damaged sewage plant. It is good to get the news from MSD that this situation is going to be totally repaired soon. It will be a while before you find me kayaking in Simpson Lake or George Winter Park. And some of the debris on the trails both lakes is just creepy. How long will it take before the debris gets out of the trees? There are some pretty good chunks of driftwood in the trees that could clobber a bicyclist, if it comes down at the right — or the wrong — time. Depends on how much you like bicyclists. Remember, I live in Sunset Hills.