Monteagle sewage leaks into creek

MONTEAGLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A state conservation official says additional chlorination is being used to treat sewage at Monteagle's treatment plant after 700,000 gallons of sewage leaked into a creek.

But Dick Urban, manager of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation office in Chattanooga, says contamination problems could still be present until the plant is fixed.

E. coli bacteria has been found downstream from the plant in an area in Grundy County that uses private wells.

Conservation department spokeswoman Tisha Calabrese-Benton says no downstream municipal water systems were affected in the weekend leak.

Water in the creek eventually flows into the Elk River.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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