The bad news: 8.12
inches of rain were recorded in May at the Chesterton wastewater treatment
plant, with fully 24 days out of the month’s 31 receiving at least .01
inches or more.
The good news:
despite the deluge, the Utility was never forced to bypass wastewater into
the Little Calumet River, Superintendent Dave Ryan reported to the Utility
Service Board at its meeting Monday night.
Chalk that success
up to the 1.2-million gallon storage basin installed as part of the
Utility’s long term control plan to reduce combined sewer overflows during
heavy rain events. The basin was pressed into service twice in May, and at
one point was filled up to a height of 15 feet, or just shy of 1 million
gallons, Ryan said.
On the other hand,
the average daily flow at the plant in May was 3.98 million gallons,
compared to 2.97 million in April (which received 5.97 inches of rain ); and
to only 2.36 million gallons in January (which received 1.16 inches).
treated last month: 123 million, compared to 89 million in April and 73
million in January.
In May, Chesterton
used fully 88.19 percent of its 3,688,000 gallon per day (gpd) allotment of
the plant; Porter, 75.7 percent of its 851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian
Boundary Conservancy District, 125.83 percent of its allotment; and the
plant as a whole, 86.54 percent of its capacity.
“Time for some dry
weather,” Ryan suggested.
“Over eight inches
of rain and no bypasses,” Member Andy Michel remarked. “I think that’s
Re: Old Montessori,
New Early Childhood Learning
In other business,
members voted unanimously to authorize the transfer of a sanitary sewer
agreement inked 19 years ago with the Chesterton Montessori School--located
at 270 E. Burdick Road in unincorporated Westchester Township--to the
Duneland YMCA, which is purchasing the facility for its Early Childhood
Under the original
document, the Utility agreed to provide sanitary sewer service to the
Montessori School, after a line was run approximately half a mile east from
the back end of the Estates of Sand Creek. That document also permits the
transfer of the agreement--pending review by the Utility Service Board--to
any new owner of the property, as the YMCA’s attorney, Greg Babcock, noted.
Ryan advised the
board that there would be no issues with capacity and that the YMCA “will be
a good fit with their Early Learning Center.”
New Camera Truck
reported that the Utility took delivery of its new camera truck on May 20.
“All is working well,” he said. “It’s been in heavy use since we got it.
It’s a great piece of equipment and we thank you for investing in it.”
purchased the camera truck from Eco Infrastructure Solutions Inc. of
Whitestown, Ind., at a cost of $190,943.60, to replace the old one, which
had become mechanically unsound and unreliable.
Crew uses the camera truck to televise sewer lines, allowing the Utility to
identify emerging problems or quickly to isolate sudden failures.
unanimously to authorize Ryan to purchase a new Ford F-250 pickup truck at a
cost of $35,000--which includes a $12,000 government discount--to replace an
18-year-old model which has essentially been mothballed, inasmuch as its
floorboard has rotted out.
Ryan said that crew
members have been doubling and tripling up in a second pickup to get around
Members did tell
Ryan to pay cash on the barrel for the new truck.
May in Review
In May the Utility
ran a surplus of $339,341.69 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of