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Valpo’s waste water system tested by rain, but works

Updated: May 30, 2013 2:09PM



VALPARAISO — When recent heavy rains caused the city’s waste water treatment plant to overflow into waterways, the city’s back up worked.

Between 9 p.m. April 17 and 3 a.m. April 18, an overflow of 3.1 million gallons went into the nearby creek, Utilities Director Steve Poulos said at Tuesday’s Valparaiso City Utilities Board meeting.

Testing showed no e. coli in the stream, so the disinfection system that’s been in place for about a year worked.

“We haven’t had an overflow to test it, so this was the opportunity,” Poulos said.

The last overflow was in December 2011.

The system bleaches the water, then adds another chemical to remove the bleach.

Valparaiso got 3.3 inches of rain from April 15 to 18, he said.

In other business, the board tabled a planned storm water project in the Roosevelt Road area until the city can get a land easement from The Willows Rehabilitation Center on Elizabeth Drive.

Currently, the detention pond behind The Willows and north of the Canadian National tracks overflows during rains, sending water west to Roosevelt but flooding out an industrial area.

Stormwater Engineer Adam McAlpine wanted to seek bids for a project that would create a sewer pipe from detention pond to the new Thorgren Basin detention pond on the west side of Roosevelt.

The board members were reluctant to begin a project with a $130,000 budget when The Willows hadn’t given permission to use their land after contact six months ago.

Board attorney Mike Langer said he would contact The Willows corporate headquarters.



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