Rainfall in the City of Peoria has caused a sewer overflow into the Illinois River recently from one or more of the locations shown on the map below.

When this warning is posted, please avoid full-body contact with the Illinois River in the area downstream from Detweiller Marina, as shown on the map. You may get sick if you swallow river water while swimming, Jet Skiing, or water skiing in these areas after a sewer overflow.

The City of Peoria is developing a long-term plan to reduce sewage overflows to the river during wet weather, as required under the Clean Water Act.

Meanwhile, the City encourages you to take the following actions to protect yourself:

  • To avoid exposure to raw sewage, don’t swim, Jet Ski or water ski downstream of Detweiller Marina during a rain storm and for three days afterward.
  • Bacteria enter the river from many sources. If you are boating or fishing anywhere on the river, always wash your hands afterward and especially before eating, drinking, smoking or preparing food.
  • Bring a waterless hand sanitizer with you when you’re recreating on the river.

Signs are posted along the Peoria riverfront to identify the areas affected by sewer overflows.

For more information on sewer overflows and the city’s plans, visit http://www.peoriagov.org/wetweather or call Public Works at 309-494-8800.

Signs are posted along the Peoria riverfront to identify the areas affected by sewer overflows.



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