Vandals blamed for wastewater spill |

Vandals blamed for wastewater spill

Tribune Staff Reports

About 150 gallons of wastewater escaped from a manhole cover Saturday afternoon in Christmas Valley.

South Tahoe Public Utility District crews spent almost an hour clearing logs that were lodged in an underground pipe. The cause of the blockage is believed to be vandalism.

Someone apparently opened the manhole cover, which weighs more than 75 pounds, and stuffed wood into the sewer system.

The wastewater was contained in a natural swale, according to STPUD, and the waste did not reach the river.

The El Dorado County Environmental Management Department was on scene with STPUD crews.

The Christmas Valley area has a sewer clog earlier this year caused by a blockage of disposable diapers.

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