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UPDATE: Household wastewater restrictions continue

May 20 2020


Residents have done a great job of reducing flows to the wastewater treatment plant. Reduced household drainage had an immediate impact. Please continue your efforts!

Unfortunately, the groundwater has continued to rise each day. This means we will have to install bypass pumping equipment to the plant. Residents will notice increased activity and security in the Veterans and 8th Street area, and it may be necessary to close some roads near the plant in the upcoming weeks.


The combination of rapidly rising groundwater due to the spring thaw and normal household waste water drainage has pushed the Village's sewer treatment plant beyond capacity. It is currently at high risk of failing unless sanitary sewer system inflows are reduced immediately.

We cannot control the groundwater infiltration but we can work together as a community to reduce flow from households.

Effective immediately, we are urging residents to take all possible measures to reduce household wastewater drainage. Here are the suggested measures:

  • flush toilets only when necessary
  • take brief showers instead of baths if possible, and don't leave water running when not needed
  • when washing dishes by hand, don't leave the tap running
  • only run dishwashers on quick cycles when full
  • run washers on low water settings where possible
  • water gardens by hand
  • if you experience crawlspace flooding, pump into storm sewer if possible

It is expected that water will rise for the next few days then start to recede within the next week or two. 

Water conservation measures are good for the environment so you may choose to continue some of these practices, however, we will contact residents again when the high risk period for the treatment plant has ended.