The City of Topeka Utilities Department employees have taken water samples from the Shunganunga Creek on 6/24/19 to test for elevated levels of bacteria. Test results will not be available until 6/25/19. However, as a precaution The City of Topeka Utility Department is advising Topeka area residents to avoid contact with the Shunganunga Creek flowing from SW Washburn Ave., throughout the City to the point of confluence with the Kansas River until further notice.
This issue is due to recent heavy rain events and a mechanical issue at one of our pump stations in Central Park. The stormwater infrastructure has been struggling to handle the excess water from recent rain events and saturated soils, known as inflow and infiltration, in the sanitary sewer system. This excess stormwater combined with sanitary flows may be causing areas of the system to overflow into the Shunganunga Creek.
As a precaution residents are advised to avoid contact with the impacted waterway and to keep pets out of the stream.
Topeka staff will continue to monitor the water in local creeks and waterways and provide notification when the advisory can be lifted.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has been notified.