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Weird stuff sometimes found in town sewers

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So what’s in the Town of Chesterton’s sanitary sewer collection system?

We already know that in Porter sewer workers are pulling oddities nearly every day from six or more lift stations: things which ought never be flushed down toilets--like diapers and floor mops, grease, and syringes--not only because they clog the system but because they represent health hazards to collection workers.

At the Chesterton Utility Service Board’s meeting Monday, collection work Jay Ihler did report finding “strange things” from time to time: a lawn mower engine, duck decoys.

“But no syringes,” he said.

Workers do wear safety gear when working in the sewers and on the lift stations, Ihler added: leather gloves when appropriate or rubber gloves

“I’m glad to hear our system is syringe-free,” Member Scot McCord said.

Ongoing Maintenance

In other business, Superintendent Terry Atherton reported on ongoing collection system maintenance: crews have recently cleaned wet wells at the Villages of Sand Creek, Jewel/Osco, Michael Drive, and Barrington Bridge lift stations, cleaned the lines in the Duneland Cove subdivision, and jetted lines in the Villages of Creek and along South Calumet Road from 1100N to the Barrington Bridge Apartments, the latter including the South Point subdivision.

2014 Budget

Meanwhile, members voted 3-0 to approve the Utility’s 2014 budget. Members Jim Raffin and John Schnadenberg were not in attendance.

That budget projects revenues in 2014 of $3,749,000; debit service of $1,242,457; revenue for operating and capital of $2,506,543; expenses of $2,338,499; and a surplus at year’s end of $168,044.

September in Review

Chesterton used 37.91 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd) allotment at the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 43.10 percent of its 851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 41.59 percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 39.15 percent of its capacity.

There were no bypasses in September, with 1.98 inches of rain.

The Utility’s financials were not available for last month.


Posted 10/22/2013




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