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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 said.

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.


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