City Crews Stop Wastewater Sewer Line Overflow Sunday

Published on January 19, 2021

The Wastewater Division of Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU) contained and stopped wastewater overflow Sunday after finding a power failure at a lift station near North 31st Street and Salt Creek.  The power failure prevented pump movement, which allowed wastewater to back up in the sanitary sewer collection system to a manhole near North 33rd Street and Salt Creek Circle.  The wastewater overflowed into an adjacent storm sewer inlet and into the storm sewer system.

Wastewater received a call about 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 17.  City crews immediately began work to contain and stop the overflow and discover the source.  The source was tracked to the North 31st Street Lift Station and the power outage was discovered.  Lincoln Electric System was called to the site for repairs.  Full electrical function was established three hours later and normal lift station operations resumed.

Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department was informed about the overflow and staff also responded to the cleanup. 

For more information on this notification, contact Mike Mandery, Assistant Superintendent of Wastewater Collection or Brian Kramer, Superintendent of Wastewater Collection at 402-441-7961. More information on wastewater operation is available at

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