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WASTEWATER: S. Whitley plant failures generate heated discussion

August 28, 2013

Engineers with Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc. were on hand at South Whitley’s Town Council meeting Tuesday to explain the failures at the town’s wastewater treatment plant. Pictured is David Harvey (right) and Rich Grant. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley Town Council members put wastewater treatment plant engineers in the hot seat at Tuesday’s meeting.

David Harvey and Rich Grant, representatives from Fleis & Vanderbrink Engineering, Inc., were on hand to give explanation as to the failures in several areas at the plant.

“We’ve had pretty intense rainstorms,” Harvey said. “The storm in early August was significant.”

During several strong storms, the plant experienced flooding and back ups. Raw sewage overflowed into the nearby Eel River which is something the town could be fined for by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).

“Why do we have a system not staying together and not meeting IDEM requirements? I just don’t get it,” said Councilman Steve Smith.

Although the storms were the number one source engineers wanted to place blame, Councilman Bill Boggs pointed out that manhole covers failed even in lesser rains.

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