SEWAGE DISCHARGE: Statement by Lorette Covington, Exec. Director of Sanitary Board

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Ms Covington Before Council
Ms Covington Before Council

This morning it was discovered that our 13th Street West Pump Station was d.own. When we arrived on the scene water was coming out of the station. We immediately contacted the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to report that we were discharging into the Ohio River and that four other st ions that ran through 13th Street West were taken off line and are also discharging . Those stations are: 4th Street, Four Pole, East Road and 22nd Street. All of these are major stations which feed into 13th Street as this is the feeding station dir ctly into the Plant. The 13th Street Pump Station is currently in design stage for replacement. This station was put in the 1950's and is a part of our Long Term Control Plan.

We currently do not know how major a problem we have and won't know un til we can get all the water pumped out of the station. We had to get a large pump out of Charleston delivered this morning and it is now on site and is being hooked u p. Unfortunately, it was determined that our generator was not sufficient to run the pump. We could not locate one. We contacted Gordon Merry and he said they had a generator he thought would work. Thankfully, it will work and we are c urrently in the process of putting the generator online.


This pipe will drain into a manhole whose line feeds through the floodwall p ump station. This is called a pump around. It will take anywhere from 4 to 24 hours for the water to be removed. Once the water is removed, we will be able to get and determine where the problem is. Best case scenario is we find something simple such as a broken discharge pipe, a packing gland on a pump. We the can make the repair, send the motors out to be dried out and then put the station back on line. We have lined up two different companies to dry out the motors and w would have them back within 24 hours and station should be back up within 24 to 4 hours.

Worst case scenario, the problem lies inside the station such as a broken line There are no isolation valves to isolate the station from any flow coming in. We w uld then have to do a dig down outside of the station, install two valves, one on the influent side and one on the effluent side (incoming and outgoing). After valves are in place, we could then put other stations back on line allowing flow to re·sume going to the plant. We could then make our repairs. If we have to have valve installed we are probably looking at an approximate $500,000 project. We have a contractor standing by, valves have been located and we are ready to go. 0ur crews will be working around the clock

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