Flood over, Cedar Rapids residents can flush away

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The city of Cedar Rapids says its water customers no longer have to “flush wisely.”

As flood waters entered the city from the rising Cedar River, officials asked residents last week to limit the flushing of their toilets to help reduce stress on its wastewater treatment plant.

But with the river having crested and waters receding, Cedar Rapids Utilities Director Steve Hershner announced Thursday that residents can now — quote — “return to normal sewer usage.”

He says customers responded to his call to flush wisely, which helped officials get through the flood without interruptions in service.

The city said the amount of wastewater entering the plant reached 112 million gallons per day as the water rose, below the 136 million it can process.

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