The city is taking a second day for an emergency fix for one house’s sewage line. Their sewage had been going into the city’s storm water system rather than the sewage system.
It seems that the city’s storm water coordinator, John Franz, was talking his dog recently on I Ave. and smelled an odor coming from one of the storm water grates in the street. He did some investigating and discovered that the sewage from the house was going into the storm water system. And, he said it could have been going on for as long as a decade.
The house on I Ave., between 29th and 32nd streets wasn’t the first the city discovered, however. The city found that two other homes had similar problems in other neighborhoods.
Franz said the cost to fix the current problem could be as high as $8,000 and the city could require the owner to pay for the work. But, he said in the past the city has simply paid for the work from its storm drain fund.