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Posted on: May 19, 2020

Sanitary Sewer Overflow

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Sanitary Sewer Overflow: On Sunday, May 17, the Village received approximately 4 inches of rain in a short period of time. The amount of rain that fell resulted in a significant amount of clear water infiltrating and inflowing into the sanitary sewer system. As a result of the clear water entering the system, Lift Station No. 2 on Beach Drive overflowed two separate times during the day – once between approximately 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm and again between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Additionally, Lift Station No. 1 went into high water alarm and was at risk of flooding basements on Beach Drive and, therefore, was pumped down using a 4-inch pump for approximately 30 minutes between 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm. Both lift stations are located on Beach Drive and the total approximate amount of water that was bypass pumped or overflowed into the ditches tributary to Lake Michigan was 20,000 gallons. We’ve received reports that our North Shore colleagues also experienced sewer overflows – some as high as 300,000 gallons. This is a reminder to residents that, during heavy wet weather events, water usage should be reduced and any illegal connections are required to be removed (sump pumps discharging into the sewer lateral).

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