Illegal winery found in Alabama sewage plant, supervisor suspended

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An Alabama sewage plant was recently discovered to do more than just treat water.

On Thursday, police discovered an illegal winery at the Rainsville Waste Water Treatment Plant in Rainsville, Alabama.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that it received an anonymous tip about “a possible illegal alcohol operation” at a municipal building.

Officers contacted Rainsville Mayor Roger Lingerfelt, who allowed them to search the water treatment plant, which is owned and operated by the city.

During the search of the plant on Thursday, officers from the sheriff’s office, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the State Bureau of Investigation found the unauthorized winery.

On Friday, Lingerfelt announced that a plant supervisor has been suspended without pay while the police continue to investigate, reported.

According to the newspaper, the unnamed supervisor has worked at the Rainsville Waste Water Treatment Plant for 15 years.