SALINEVILLE-Heavy rains last weekend caused a sewage lift station on Haiti Road in Salineville to be overwhelmed by water from the village's many creeks. How the surface water runoff got into the sewage lines was the question facing Board of Public Affairs members at its biweekly meeting Monday.
The sewage system is supposed to be sealed to prevent flood waters from inundating it, according to Board President James Brammer. Incoming councilmen and former BPA member Brian Zaverl attended the meeting as an audience member and was questioned by Brammer as to how the water might have gotten into the sewage system.
Zaverl told Brammer the waters likely flooded the sewage lines due to undetected breaks in the lines. He said it is the job of board members to walk the route of the sewage lines and inspect it for breaks. He also noted that there are manholes for the sewer system near the creeks which may have been breached when the water rose.
"The only time this happens is when there's high water," said Brammer, agreeing with Zaverl's assessment.
At the lift station on Haiti Road, just east of the village, pumps meant to keep the station from flooding could not keep up with the sheer volume of water, according to Brammer. Rosebud Sanitation and Excavating of Calcutta had to be called in to pump out the excess water. Rosebud removed 8,000 gallons of water from the station which was meant to hold a maximum of 2,000 gallons, said Brammer. Using a pump truck, Rosebud transported the excess water to the village's main sewage treatment plant
"It was backed up," said Brammer. "All the manholes were filled, all the lines were filled and the pumps just could keep up with it."
Brammer said since flood waters have resided this week, the lift station has not experienced any additional problems and the there appears to be no significant damage.