April 29, 2009 ALMONT — The heavy rains that struck the area Saturday and lingered through early Tuesday, have caused an overflow at the village's wastewater treatment plant.
Plant Supervisor Mark Farley reported that the facility exceeded its maximum capacity early Tuesday morning, resulting in an overflow of waste water into the Clinton River.
Farley says that despite the plant's ability to hold up to 2 million gallons of waste in its equalization tanks, the combination of several heavy rainfalls and the weekend's power outages led to the overflow.
"The ground is so saturated with water right now from all the rain we've had," Farley said, "and with the power outages, it just overloaded our system."
Farley noted that because of heavy rainfall earlier in the month, the plant had already been operating at full capacity.
"There were about a half-million gallons of waste waiting to be treated when this storm hit," he said. "All our pump stations were out and working on generator power. It got to be more than we could handle. It's been a real wet spring."
Farley noted that on average the plant treats about 1 million gallons of waste water per day.
In light of the recent strain on the system, he said plant personnel have been working 16-hour days in an effort to keep up with the demand.