Jefferson looking into sump dumping

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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:44 pm

At its regular meeting June 3, the Jefferson City Council heard reports of high levels of water in the city’s water lines.

Zach and Lyndsay Sexton told the council they had water backing up into their basement at 215 W. Dakota. Acting Water/Wastewater Superintendent Evan Spindler pulled the manhole covers and found no obstructions in the lines. A report from Siouxland Heating and Cooling also found no obstructions.

However, there was a higher-than-usual amount of water that could be from sump pumps emptying into the water lines rather than outside to the sewer lines. The council discussed how that will affect not only other homeowners, like the Sexton’s, but will compromise the good bacteria in the sewage lagoon.

The council instructed Finance Officer Michaeleen Roark to contact homeowners and remind them that all sump pumps must be discharged outside, not into the sewer system. If necessary, city employees will do neighborhood checks to remove the offending sump pumps. They also want Water/Wastewater Superintendent Randy Crum, when he returns from vacation, to chemically clean the lines.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.