Notice of Pump Station Overflows
Due to the heavy rains experienced last night in Newport, the Big Creek Wastewater Pump Station located on Big Creek east of the Agate Beach Wayside on Oceanview Drive, and the Schooner Creek Wastewater Pump Station located on Schooner Creek at the west end of NW 68th Street began overflowing at approximately 8:00 am this morning (12/10/15).
Because of the forecast of continued heavy rain for the next several days, it is expected these stations will intermittently overflow during periods of intense rainfall. Signs warning of the sewage overflows are posted at the affected areas. Contact with water contaminated with bacteria can increase the risk of disease. Please avoid contact with these waterbodies until further notice.
These overflows occur largely because old underground sewer collection pipes continue to age and develop cracks in the pipes and in the joints. It allows rainwater, via soggy soils, to infiltrate the sewer mains, which wind up carrying more water than designed for the overall system. The pumps can’t keep up and so the system overflows through manhole covers and other “safety valve” structures. Until the overall sewer collection system is basically replaced, heavy storms will continue to force raw sewage out of the system onto the ground – which creates a health problem if humans come in contact with it. Many municipal systems across the country vary in age from 30 to 75 years – some even older. Many were funded with federal money and programs that are no longer available – promoted mostly by conservative politicians whose central focus is to shrink government. Today we’re in the fix we’re in because those former federal funds are have gone elsewhere – mostly to the top “you know who’s.”
It’s an on the ground reality check. Reality trumps ANY political philosophy – left or rightwing.