FLAGSTAFF, AZ, Jan. 22, 2016 (Local News) -Operations at Wildcat Wastewater Treatment Plant hit a temporary hiccup earlier this month due to a malfunction at SCA Tissue’s Flagstaff facility.
The company's in-house water treatment system malfunctioned, causing an increase in the inert fibers and inorganic materials like sand, clay and carbonates in the plant’s wastewater. At their highest, the levels of suspended solids were nearly four times the limits of the city permit of 1,200 milligrams per liter.
SCA noticed the problem on Jan. 4 and notified the city the same day because its wastewater is discharged into the municipal sewer system. Human health or safety impacts weren’t a concern because water treated at Wildcat wasn’t being fed back into the city’s reclaimed wastewater system at that time, Flagstaff Utilities Director Brad Hill wrote in an email. The city's other treatment plant, Rio de Flag, was not affected.
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