December 30, 2016
Emergency Sanitary Sewer Overflow Discharge Update
We come to you today to share the location of temporary bypass pumping stations, discharge points, chlorination stations, and boom and skimmer placements as indicated on the accompanying map.
Please know that bypass pumping will only be activated if the sanitary storm sewers currently in place are not able to handle the wastewater flow at a given time, and imminent flooding of resident’s basements will result if we take no bypass action.
The attached map gives the locations of our temporary pumping stations and discharge points, as well as our chlorination sites and boom and skimmer locations. To date Pump Stations #2, 3 & 4 were activated during the rain and melting that occurred earlier in the week, and none of the pumps have been activated since that time.
Work continues 24/7 to increase our bypass pumping capabilities that will eventually divert the entire sewage stream around the impacted 15 Mile/Eberlein break, and back into the main piping located past the current break.
We’re also asking the system’s residents and businesses to conserve their water usage to help minimize the wastewater flow through the damaged pipeline, and the bypass lines currently in use to help with this difficult situation. This becomes even more imperative when we experience wet weather events, and the long-range forecast seems to indicate a possibility for significant rainfall early next week.
Communities served by this vital sewer line include Chesterfield Twp., Clinton Twp., Fraser, Harrison Twp., Lenox Twp., Macomb Twp., New Haven, Selfridge ANG Base, Shelby Twp., Sterling Heights, Utica, and Washington Twp.
We would also remind you, that despite everyone’s best efforts to make these needed repairs, both temporary and on a more permanent basis, that we could still experience overflows that may impact your basements, so we again advise you to make sure you have your possessions as safe and secure as possible.
Thank you for your understanding as we work together to resolve this difficult problem.
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Macomb County Department of Public Works