More sewage at more sites was dumped
MMSD report to state adds a third location
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
By Steve Schultze
Published July 9, 2004
Revised figures the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
released Friday show more raw sewage was dumped from more
locations last weekend than had been previously reported.
A dumping report MMSD filed with the state says a total
of just under 2 million gallons of untreated sewage was
dumped from three locations: S. 6th St. and W. Oklahoma
Ave., N. 31st St. and W. Cameron Ave., and at Honey Creek
and W. Wisconsin Ave.
The district had not previously mentioned the last dumping
location but now says it has conflicting evidence showing
that as much as 150,000 gallons were dumped there. Unlike
many other dumping points, the Honey Creek site does not
have stream level indicators to help determine dumping
totals, the MMSD report says.
But a pump at the location did suggest the dumping happened,
the report says.
Pete Topczewski, MMSD's water quality manager, said the
district reported the dumping to err on the cautious side.
The district's state operating permit requires it to report
any dumping to the Department of Natural Resources.
All three locations dumped raw sewage from sanitary sewers,
which is forbidden by MMSD's state operating permit.
MMSD also reported dumping 1.8 million gallons from 6th
and Oklahoma, slightly more than district officials had
mentioned earlier this week. The report blamed the dumping
on sewer "diversion gates" at the site, but
the ultimate cause is still under investigation, Topczewski
Sewage was dumped from the site even though plenty of
space still remained in the deep tunnel. The solution,
according to MMSD's report, will be to provide remote
control of the overflow gate at the site - something that
apparently didn't work with a new computer system.
The report also says 46,000 gallons of raw sewage were
dumped at 31st and Cameron. That was blamed on a sewer
bottleneck in the area that will be fixed with a project
set for completion by late 2006.