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DNR: Wastewater from Ottumwa John Deere Plant Goes Into Lake

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OTTUMWA, Iowa - Environmental officials say wastewater from two restrooms at a John Deere facility in Ottumwa has been accidentally entering a nearby lake since December.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says John Deere officials discovered the discharge Monday. They immediately closed the restrooms.

Workers say the wastewater entered through a storm sewer that flows into Black Lake.

City officials are testing the water.

DNR is encouraging ice fishers to thoroughly clean fish before cooking them.

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