Water district issues emergency request to conserve

February 10, 2014

By Ari Cetron

New: Feb. 10, 2:21 p.m.

The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District has made an emergency request to residents of Trossachs and Alderra to conserve water.

A sewage pump near Trossachs has failed, leaving the district unable to pump sewage from the neighborhoods.

Most sewage systems operate via gravity, with a pipe gently sloping downhill. Sometimes, however, an area is lower that the sewage main, and the sewage must be pumped up to reach it, explained Janet Sailer of the district.

That’s the case in Trossachs, and that is where the pump ,which would lift the sewage to the main, has failed.

Sailer said the district does not yet have an estimate for how long repairs will take.

The call for conserving water comes from trying to manage the amount of sewage. If people use less water, then they will, in turn, likely generate less sewage, Sailer said.

The pump which failed is in the Trossachs lift station. Two other pumps feed into this pump, one of which comes from the Aldarra neighborhood – the other from the golf course – so officials are asking residents of those areas to conserve.

The district has activated its emergency plan and has workers out assessing the pump and how to fix it.

The district will be posting updates on its website, www.spwsd.org, and via social media.

The district’s 24-hour emergency line is 425-392-6256.

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