User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


70° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Watertown Officials: Don't Pump Into Sanitary Sewer

March 24, 2011, 10:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Watertown Officials: Don't Pump Into Sanitary Sewer
WATERTOWN, SD - The peek flooding in Watertown isn't expected for another week or more. That has the city working to prevent any sewage back up problems before it hits.

The city's waste water treatment plant is already seeing much more sewage flow than usual.

"And that's going to come up in somebody's basement or somebody's floor level," plant superintendent Mike Boerger said.

Boerger warns that could happen if the system is faced with too much more water. The plant usually handles less than three million gallons of sewage a day; now it’s seeing nearly eight million.

The problem is, some people are running their sump pumps down the drain at home. They should be running them to the curb.

"It is a violation of city ordinance,” Assistant Police Chief Scott McMahon said. “At this time what we want to do is just get the situation corrected."

The treatment plant can tell if a particular neighborhood in town has higher flows through the sanitary sewer. When that's noticed, the police department sends officers to warn people to run their pump hoses outside.

"Thus far everybody has been compliant but if we do encounter a situation where a homeowner is not compliant we will have to follow up with further action," McMahon said.

The treatment plant could in theory handle a few million more gallons of sewage a day before maxing out. But city officials don't want to test the system's capacity. They're looking for city-wide compliance instead.

Sewer back-up in people's homes is just the first problem officials would expect if any part of the system is overwhelmed. The treatment plants superintendent warns the entire system could be overwhelmed if too many people run their sump pumps into it. And then everyone could lose the service for a time.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Woman Killed In Sioux Falls Home

4/16/2014 6:01 PM

Sioux Falls police are investigating a murder in the southwest part of the city.

Full Story
SF Murder Victim Stabbed, Suspect Got Pills

4/17/2014 10:12 AM

Sioux Falls Police have released the names of the suspect and victim in the city's second homicide of 2014.

Full Story
Missing Girls Case Update On Tuesday

4/15/2014 7:15 AM

Authorities plan to release an update on the investigation into the 1971 disappearance of two South Dakota girls.

Full Story
Remains Found In Car Are Missing Girls

4/15/2014 1:39 PM

After more than 40 years, the families of two missing teenage girls now know what happened to them.

Full Story
Evidence From Car Led Authorities To Cold Case Conclusion

4/16/2014 11:35 AM

A more than 40-year-old cold case has been closed after South Dakota authorities announced on Tuesday the remains found in an old Studebaker submerged...

Full Story


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED