The Greentown Grapevine – 1997-11, 04:11 - Page 1
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S Volume 4, Issue 11 64a paper for the people" November 1997 Where There's Smoke . . . . . . . . During several days beginning October 22, engineers fiom Pitometer Associates, Inc. were in Greentown running smoke tests to identify possible problems in the sewer system that need repair. Smoke was blown into the sanitary manholes. Any smoke escaping fiom downspouts or fiom the ground were noted on videotape. Smoke fiom any location except plumbing vents on the roof indicate a possible problem. This testing was ordered because Greentown has received notice from IDEM ( Indiana Department of Environmental Management) that it is under a sewer connection ban. This means that sewer hook- ups cannot be done to any newly annexed property until IDEM lifts the ban. The ban was imposed because there have been several times in the last year when the volume was too great for the Greentown Wastewater Treatment plant and water containing raw sewage was bypassed into Brunk Ditch. The overflow, sometimes by about 500,000 gallons occurs very quickly after a big rain anc also stops quickly. This is an indication that much rain water is entering the sanitary system rather than going directly into the ditch, as it should. This rain water mixes with sewage and overloads the wastewater plant. According to Town Council Presideni Bob Armstrong, the Town has been dealing with this problem for aboui twenty years. " IDEM has been v q patient, as they knew we were working on the problem. We have separated many tiles, dividing rain water and sewage. At this time we are DEAD SERIOUS about eliminating the problem. " Pitometer Associates will give the Town a complete report, with locations of possible problems. Some are gxxgted to be a Town responsibility and some to be homeowners' responsibilities. A brochure will be distributed to residents further explaining the situation. Smoke coming out of a downspout may indicate a connection to the sanitary sewer, rather than to a storm sewer or other natural drainage. Photos by R. Jenkins The Greentown Town Council will meet November 4 at 7: 30p. m in the City Building- The public is welcome The Eastern Howard School Board will meet October 28, November 11 and November 25 in the Administration Ojj5ces, 220 S. Meridian St. The public is welocme. No, this smoke coming up through the ground does not indicate a volcano about to blow. It is part of a diagnostic test to determine where problems are in Greentown's sewer system. The smoke was blown into the manholes and found an escape route where water might enter into the system. IMPROPER CONNECTIONS omsmm CONNECIT. m m S ~ ~ C O " E C T E D 0 SANITARY SEWER W A R Y SEWER L , W A R Y SEWERW HOME SEWER LATERAL FOUNDATION D MTo S7JMF', WHICHEhPIES INlD SANITARY SYSEM In this example, rainwater is channeled into the sanitary system, greatly overloading the system during periods of rain. PROPER CONNECTIONS DoWNSWW PROVIDES FOR NATURAL XNATURAL IRAINAGE SANITARY SEWERMAIN HOMESEWERLATERAL. FOUNDATION DRAIN TO SUhlP, WHICH DISCHARGES TO NATURAL DRANAGE Millions of dollars in otherwise unnecessary upgrades to the sanitary system can be avoided when rainwater is diverted awayfiom the system, as shown above.
|Title||The Greentown Grapevine – 1997-11, 04:11|
|Subject, Local||Greentown, Howard County (Ind.)|
|Technical Metadata||Digital images captured by Imaging Office Systems 2008|
|Local Item ID||Greentown History Center – newspaper collection|
|Usage Statement||The Greentown Area Residential Association has granted permission to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Greentown Historical Society to copy any and all issues of the Greentown Grapevine. Permission granted to view and print items from this digital collection for personal use, study, research, or classroom teaching.|
|Publisher||Greentown Area Residential Association, 1993-|
Local News depicting eastern Howard County in Indiana.
Headlines: Where There's Smoke..........
|Contributors||Kokomo-Howard County Public Library; Greentown Historical Society|
|Source||Original newspaper: The Greentown Grapevine, November 1997, Volume 04, Issue 11|
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