April 11, 2014 by Steve Winkler
-By Leslie Scates-
This evening, April 10, 2014, I took a little stroll down to the wastewater overflow leak that has been mentioned in the news lately. I wanted to see it for myself in order to form my own opinion about it instead of listening to what was being said about the situation. The trip was eye opening to say the least! I took out my IPhone and immediately took pictures to document my trip and what I was seeing. These are those pictures.
What you are seeing is wastewater (rainwater and sewage from people’s homes) coming out of a crack in the cement around what looks like a manhole. That manhole is the overflow. The ground around the manhole is soaked and coated with a grayish looking sludge and algae looking stuff. Sorry for lack of scientific wording here. I also encountered, and sorry for this also, but it is true, prophylactics (condoms to be specific) in the water and on the ground where the water had been flowing.
The water runs under the Wastewater Treatment fence, travels along the fence and straight out to the river. The wastewater does not go to the Treatment Plant, where it would be treated, at all.
During this little excursion, all I could think is EWWW! and what a shame that this is happening!! In fact, WHY is this happening and WHY hasn’t it been fixed?