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Town’s pumping stations shut down, cause overflow

Heavy rains, combined with an equipment malfunction, shut down all three of the Town of Pulaski’s sewage pumping stations Wednesday, causing a sewer overflow and the need to temporarily bypass the sewer flow into Peak Creek.
Town Manager John Hawley said all regulatory agencies have been notified of the situation. However, he said the overflow and bypass is not expected to have any negative impact on the environment.
The situation began around 6:30 a.m. when a check valve at the Wurno Pump Station failed, causing a sewer overflow into Thornsprings branch until about 8:30 a.m.
As a result of the equipment failure and increased flows from this weeks’ heavy rains required the town to bypass sewer flow at the Dora Pump Station to Peak Creek until sometime Wednesday night.
He said the check valve at the Wurno pump station was manually opened at 1 p.m. Wednesday so that pumping could resume at the Wurno station. It continued to be handled manually Thursday.
“It is believed that there is an electrical problem with the check valve control and that is being investigated,” Hawley stated.
He noted operation of the Dora Pump Station will begin as soon as the Wurno pumps can provide capacity to handle the flow from Dora Highway.
Ground clean up at the Wurno and Critzer pump stations will begin as soon as the ground dries up enough to allow crews to work.

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Town’s pumping stations shut down, cause overflow

Heavy rains, combined with an equipment malfunction, shut down all three of the Town of Pulaski’s sewage pumping stations Wednesday, causing a sewer overflow and the need to temporarily bypass the sewer flow into Peak Creek.
Town Manager John Hawley said all regulatory agencies have been notified of the situation. However, he said the overflow and bypass is not expected to have any negative impact on the environment.
The situation began around 6:30 a.m. when a check valve at the Wurno Pump Station failed, causing a sewer overflow into Thornsprings branch until about 8:30 a.m.
As a result of the equipment failure and increased flows from this weeks’ heavy rains required the town to bypass sewer flow at the Dora Pump Station to Peak Creek until sometime Wednesday night.
He said the check valve at the Wurno pump station was manually opened at 1 p.m. Wednesday so that pumping could resume at the Wurno station. It continued to be handled manually Thursday.
“It is believed that there is an electrical problem with the check valve control and that is being investigated,” Hawley stated.
He noted operation of the Dora Pump Station will begin as soon as the Wurno pumps can provide capacity to handle the flow from Dora Highway.
Ground clean up at the Wurno and Critzer pump stations will begin as soon as the ground dries up enough to allow crews to work.

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