Gal­lons of sewage dis­charged when se­vere weather caused a power surge at one of the City's sewage lift sta­tions.

The Covington News - - LOCAL - JACKIE GUTKNECHT jgutknecht@cov­news.com

The se­vere weather brought down trees across the county, but it also caused a power surge at one of the city’s sewage lift sta­tions, re­sult­ing in ap­prox­i­mately 2,145 gal­lons of sewage dis­charged.

David Croom, Cov­ing­ton Waste Wa­ter Op­er­a­tor, said city work­ers checked the city’s nine lift sta­tions be­cause of the storm Wed­nes­day. When check­ing the Bridge­stone sta­tion at 16417 Av­enue of Cham­pi­ons, work­ers no­ticed waste wa­ter com­ing out of a man­hole be­cause of a power surge. The power sup­ply was evalu- ated and reestab­lished.

Croom said part of the process of any sewage spill, no mat­ter the size, is the re­quire­ment to re­port the spill to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Di­vi­sion, Health Depart­ment and lo­cal le­gal or­gan, which is The Cov

in­g­ton News. He said there are other re­quire­ments for spills of more than 10,000 gal­lons, which would be con­sid­ered a “ma­jor spill.”

The waste wa­ter flowed into an unknown trib­u­tary, which Croom iden­ti­fied as a “wet weather stream.”

Croom said city res­i­dents have no need to be con­cerned as the waste wa­ter was very di­luted be­cause of the amount of rain wa­ter al­ready on the ground yes­ter­day.

He and other city em­ploy­ees went back to the area Thurs­day and found noth­ing of con­cern.

On av­er­age, he said, the Bridge­stone sta­tion pumps around 175,000 gal­lons a day, mak­ing the spilled amount about 1.2 per­cent of the daily av­er­age.

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