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Published September 28, 2010, 08:15 AM

2 dozen communities divert sewage

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it doesn't expect any long-term harm from two dozen communities dumping untreated sewage into area rivers.

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it doesn't expect any long-term harm from two dozen communities dumping untreated sewage into area rivers.

Twenty-four southeastern Minnesota municipalities bypassed wastewater treatment plants that were overwhelmed by last week's floods and diverted the sewage into the waterways.

Agency spokeswoman Cathy Rofshus says the only other option would be allowing sewage to back up into homes. Rofshus says the untreated sewage sent into the rivers is diluted by storm water.

The Faribault Daily News says Faribault is one of the 24 communities bypassing its wastewater treatment plant. Local leaders hope the treatment plant operations will resume by Thursday.

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