Report coming on sewer overflow into Hobart’s Hidden Lake
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent October 16, 2012 11:44AM
Updated: November 18, 2012 6:47AM
HOBART — The Public Works Department may know Wednesday what, if anything, will need to be done regarding the water in Hidden Lake following a small sewer overflow last week.
Public Works Director John Dubach said Tuesday a backup in the sewer line in that area caused a small amount of leakage from the top of a manhole on Edgewater Drive. He said the problem was fixed within an hour of his department receiving a call from a resident about the overflow, although he understands the leak was going on for a longer period.
“The water is being tested and reported to IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management). We’re testing to be double-sure, but no one should get sick,” Dubach said.
Dubach said results of the test should be in Wednesday.
He said the department would work with IDEM, if needed, but added there are no signs that the spill caused any problems or health concerns. He said people fish the lake, which is filled with bluegill and bass according to the Hidden Lake Homeowners Association website.
Dubach said the department also will see if there is anything in the sewer line creating a blockage. He said it’s usually just debris.
The 24-acre lake is up to 40 feet deep in some areas, according to the website. Dubach said it was a clay pit when the brickyard was there.