More nasty stuff in the Bay

As the city slept early Sunday morning, a six-hour power shutdown at the Fairhope Public Utilities wastewater treatment plant caused the release of about 300,000 gallons of tainted effluent into Mobile Bay.

The hours-long discharge was not of raw sewage, but liquid that had been cleared of solids, oils and grit for two days, said Dan McCrory, the city’s water and sewer superintendent. But the released liquid did not go through the final step of treatment — ultraviolet disinfection, McCrory said.

Power shutdown allows release of not fully treated effluent into Mobile Bay