State Investigating Cadiz Sewage Overflow

The Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection is investigating the overflow of raw sewage into a creek in Cadiz, following a mechanical failure at one of the city's lift stations last week. The overflow reportedly occurred on Shelby Street when pumps that carry sewage to the city's treatment plant broke. Cadiz Director of Public Works Kerry Fowler says a rare breakdown of both pumps at the lift station led to the release.


According to Fowler, the release was not intentional and several truckloads of sewage were hauled off to try to prevent it.

Lanny Brannock, an agency spokesman, says the state began to investigate after receiving a call Wednesday from a concerned citizen. He adds that the department does not have any evidence that the overflow was intentional.

Meanwhile, Fowler says the city is also trying to figure out exactly what caused the breakdown of the pumps, and is working with specialists to ensure the incident doesn't repeat itself.

As for the cleanup, the state recommended the city put lime on the area to help neutralize the sewage that overflowed.

Brannock says sewage overflow has been known to happen but that no action has been taken against the city because the investigation is ongoing. He adds the state could put the city on notice for two reasons.

Fowler adds that city workers have been in contact with nearby residents and are doing what they can.

Cadiz Mayor Todd King referred all questions regarding the matter to Fowler.

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