BISMARCK, N.D. – “Increased Missouri River releases may result in increased groundwater levels near the Missouri River,’’ said Michelle Klose, Director, Utility Operations. Public Works Water Utility Operations has observed greater flows at the wastewater treatment plant since mid-September which is an indication that sump pumps are discharging more water to the sewer system. Residents may want to check their sump pumps.
The City’s Stormwater Program Coordinator, Terry Halstengard offers the following sump pump preparedness tips:
• Check your sumps often to make sure they are working properly.
• Having a backup pump is a good idea or even a 12-volt backup pump for power outages.
• When possible, warm weather sump discharge should go to a non-erodible surface such as the driveway or streets. By doing so, it helps us save treatment and pumping costs at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
• It’s never a good idea to run your sump discharge onto a lawn or any porous surface; the water will just be recycled into yours or your neighbor’s sump system.
• Winter time sump discharge, should go into the sanitary system, such as the floor drain.
“The City monitors Missouri River conditions and official information provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Weather Service and will provide periodic updates as needed,” said Klose.