The Wastewater Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department today removed a stoppage in a sewer line that led to an overflow and release of wastewater from a manhole near South 66th Street and Artisan Way. Officials said an accumulation of greasy deposits and tree roots in the collection system line caused the stoppage and overflow.
The Wastewater Division received a call from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) about a possible overflow at about 11:30 a.m. today. City crews responded immediately and began work to contain and stop the overflow and remove the obstruction in the line. Cleanup and removal of the overflow will be completed by 6 p.m. today. The volume of overflow was estimated at about 2,000 gallons.
City crews inspected nearby Beal Slough downstream of the overflow and did not observe any detrimental effects. They also reported the results of their inspections to LLCHD and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
Mike Mandery, Assistant Superintendent of Wastewater Collection, said most stoppages in Lincoln's wastewater system occur from oil and grease deposits from restaurants, commercial businesses and private residences.
For more information on this notification or the Lincoln Wastewater operations, contact Mandery or Brian Kramer, Superintendent of Wastewater Collection, at 402-441-7961.