Reports coming in to News Lincoln County indicate the 48th Street sewer pump station started overflowing again Saturday afternoon, dumping raw sewage onto Agate Beach near the Agate Beach Wayside.
Public Works crews ran out there and discovered that for some reason, one of the two pumps decided not to self-activate like it’s supposed to. So for a time the pump station backed up and out poured the sewage into the creek, rather than to the sewer plant at South Beach.
Public Works Director Tim Gross told News Lincoln County that they have no idea why the pump didn’t kick on like it was supposed to. He said the pump station requires two pumps to keep the sewage flowing properly to the South Beach Wastewater Plant. Both pumps badly needed replacing so they got one overhauled and put back in to service. The second pump is currently being rebuilt. Gross said it should be back to the 48th Street pump station in about a week. In the meantime the temporary back-up replacement for the second permanent pump is all they have to rely on to ensure both pumps are shouldering the load. But he added that once the rebuilt pump is back in service this shouldn’t happen again.
Gross said the entire 48th Street pump station is getting a complete rebuild starting in the Summer of 2017. Several other pump stations in the area also being rebuilt.
Gross reminds us that a lot of Newport’s sewer lines and pump stations are decades old – some older than half a century and it’s just going to take time to bring them up to date. And he adds that finding all the money to pay for it won’t be easy.