Robertsdale tests pumps to reduce storm sewage spills

Robertsdale Pump
Robertsdale city officials are trying out a pump near Rock Creek in efforts to reduce the amount of sewage that spills during heavy rainfall.

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WALA) – Robertsdale Mayor Charles Murphy told FOX10 News Tuesday morning, April 29, that the city is experimenting with a new technique to prevent sewage spills during heavy storms.

Mayor Murphy said just a couple weeks ago, city officials started using bypass pumps to help alleviate some of the sewage backup around the city during times of heavy rain.

“A couple of weeks ago we brought one in to test it during one of the rain events, and we were very successful in maintaining our flows, so we didn’t have any spillage from the unit,” said Mayor Murphy in regards to the pumps.

City officials are still working out the kinks with using the bypass pumps for proactively preventing storm sewage overflow, but Mayor Murphy said he is optimistic about the new technique.

Tuesday morning, a bypass pump was up and running at a sewage station off College Avenue next to Rock Creek, the same site where just a few weeks ago, officials suspected some 100,000 to 1,000,000 gallons of sewage spilled.


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