The Wastewater Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department removed a stoppage in a wastewater sewer line that led to an overflow and release of wastewater from a manhole near the western edge of Highlands Golf Course. Officials said an accumulation of greasy deposits and tree roots in the collection system line may have caused the stoppage and resultant overflow.
Wastewater received a call from golf course maintenance staff about a possible overflow at about 8 a.m. today. City crews immediately 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 4 p.m. today. The volume of the overflow was estimated at about 5,000 gallons.
City crews inspected nearby drainage ways downstream of the overflow and took samples of water from those areas for further testing. Initial observations and testing did not show any detrimental effects to the surface or grasses in the area. Reports of the inspections and samples were provided to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department 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 Lincoln Wastewater operations, contact Mandery or Brian Kramer, Superintendent of Wastewater Collection at 402- 441-7961.