Sedona sewer replacement project sends sewage into Oak Creek

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — A sewer replacement project along State Route 179 in Sedona has sent an estimated 20,000 gallons of sewage into Oak Creek, according to city officials.

They said the spill occurred Tuesday night when sewage flowed out of a manhole and into a storm drain that flowed to the creek.

Sedona officials said the spill was contained within hours and disinfected.

Kinney Construction Services, the contractor for the sewer project, and city officials have started water quality tests both upstream and downstream of the spill area.

Results of soil tests will be sent to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Kinney Construction is hand delivering information on the spill to residents and businesses with direct creek access and public notices have been placed at trailheads and areas where people frequently access Oak Creek.

Work on the sewer replacement project has been temporarily suspended.