April 29, 2013: Runoff Water Overflow And How You Can Help
City of Washburn residents are encouraged to check to make sure sump pumps are not connected to the sanitary sewer system in accordance with ordinance 9-2-14(c)(1). In addition, Washburn residents are also encouraged to conserve on water usage for the next couple days.
Rapid snow melt has contributed to the Wastewater Treatment Plant exceeding capacity as of Sunday evening. It is estimated that 100,000 gallons at this point has overflowed into Lake Superior. Currently, the plant is at its capacity for what can be treated in a day, and the overflow basin is also at its capacity. Additional rainfall forecast for later in the week will not help.
Directing sump pumps to flow to lawns will help, along with reducing water usage, so the plant can begin to process sewage in the overflow basin.
All protocols are being followed in accordance with Department of Natural Resources procedures. The cooperation of our residents is asked to reduce any potential additional overflows in this next week and to gain capacity in the overflow basin.