8/2/16 – 6:51 A.M.
A malfunction at a sewage treatment plant over the past weekend caused a large fish kill in the Auglaize River in parts of Allen and Putnam Counties. The Lima News reports the problem happened at the Delphos lift station and caused raw sewage to flow into the river. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says that depleted oxygen levels in the water, killing hundreds of fish.
The malfunction affected the river from Delphos to near Fort Jennings in Putnam County. ODNR officials didn’t have an official number on the number of fish killed in the incident, but one witness told the newspaper it was likely in the thousands.
In the meantime, a pump at the lift station has been repaired. A faulty alarm system is also being addressed. Delphos officials say they are working to mitigate issues in the river caused by the overflow.
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