After 20 years of the state attempting to get Clinton Township to stop dumping untreated sewage into waterways during heavy rains, it looks like those discharges are ending.
This brings an end to the state-mandated administrative consent order near the site of a recently completed emergency bypass overflow pump.
After spending more than $29 million, things appear to be flowing down the right path. The problems were caused by 50 and 60-year-old homes that had basement footing drains directly connected to the sanitary sewer system. During heavy rains, the homes would flood. About 40 – 50 years ago, nine sewer overflow pump stations were built to address this issue.
Almost 20 years ago, the Department of Environmental Quality issued a violation to the township for overflow discharges to storm systems. In order to meet the requirements, the township began drying up the sanitary sewer systems. Multiple projects were completed like pipelining, manhole rehabilitation but that wasn’t enough to relieve the sewers. There needed to be more capacity.
Five years ago, the township started installing pump stations, relief sewers and force mains to provide capacity with the final relief sewer pipe placed in early August 2019.
The township is set to make sure sewer overflows don’t happen again and they will need to continue investing in water and sewer funding while conducting ongoing maintenance.
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