The culprit is not being named, but Beatrice city officials say a business has come forward to confess it dumped the grease in the sewer system that clogged sewer lines and shut down the wastewater treatment plant for a time.
Beatrice Mayor Dennis Schuster says an investigation indicates it was an accident.
“I’m fairly confident, that the business involved will take care of our additional expenses to clean up and the extra labor that was involved to get the plant back and operating the way it should be,” Schuster tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KWBE.
An estimated one-thousand gallons of grease was dumped into Beatrice sewers on Easter Sunday. The grease slowly worked its way to the wastewater treatment plant, shutting it down. City crews had to clean up the mess by hand. It took several hours over two days to complete clean up.
Beatrice officials are withholding the name of the business.
Schuster says it has been quite some time since the city faced such a mess.
“Back in the 70’s I want to say, there was an accident, they had a building downtown where 500 or 600 gallons of fuel oil found its way into the sewer system and down into the plant. That’s the only one I can remember,” Schuster says.
Clean-up was costly. Several city workers put in overtime to remove the grease.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this story.