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The City Of Omaha Public Works Department is working to restore treatment of sewage at its Papillion Creek Water Resource Recovery Facility (Papio WRRF).  The City has established a target date of restoring Primary treatment of sewage, which will remove a majority of the solids from the wastewater by April 20, with disinfection of the sewage in place by May 1st.  These dates are contingent on numerous activities continuing to take place over the next few weeks. The critical items along the schedule will be monitored and updates to this schedule will be provided if necessary.

On March 15, 2019, the levees adjacent to the Papio WRRF along the Papillion Creek and Missouri River overtopped, floodwaters spilled in and forced the plant site to be evacuated.  Parts of the facility were completely submerged in over 8 feet of floodwater, rendering useless critical infrastructure including numerous pumps, motors, and electrical components necessary for wastewater treatment.  Access was first gained back into the facility as the waters slowly receded on March 26th using the Papio - NRD levees.

By March 29th, waters had receded enough to allow partial repairs to the main plant road, which was heavily damaged by the flood. At that point activities to restore the plant to service began in earnest.   The plant still remains without electrical service, with the facility utilizing 2.3 MW of diesel-powered generators to power the plant during restoration and if needed the initial phases of treatment. OPPD has been on site and is working to restore its electrical equipment, which was submerged by the flood.  

At this time the Papio WRRF and numerous other damaged facilities downstream along the Missouri River continue to discharge untreated or partially treated wastewater to the Missouri River.  Omaha will continue to work with its partners at the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) to issue any appropriate workings or notifications required until full secondary treatment at the Papio WWRF is restored.

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