May 12, 2014 UPDATE
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Beaches are open today. City officials lifted the beach closures at both Howarth Park and Pigeon Creek beach this morning. Bacteria levels at all sample sites, including the spill site, have returned to normal.
May 11, 2014 UPDATE
One pump is operating and the temporary by-pass on 25th Street has been dismantled. Water quality sample results from Saturday show bacteria levels are normal at Pigeon Creek beach and Howarth Park. City officials are leaving the temporary closure signs in place today as a cautionary measure.
May 10, 2014 UPDATE
Sample results from water quality samples taken May 9, show normal levels of bacteria at Howarth Park and at 10th Street and elevated levels at Pigeon Creek beach and the outfall site.. City officials are leaving the temporary closure signs in place today as a cautionary measure.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2014
Contact: Marla Carter, public information, 425-257-8875
Meghan Pembroke, communications director, 425-257-8687
Sewer overflow at Port Gardner Bay near Pigeon Creek Park
Avoid contact with water near outfall
EVERETT - Due to a sewer main break at a sewer lift station in Everett, Thursday evening, May 8, one of the combined sewer outfalls overflowed for approximately 11 hours into Port Gardner Bay near Pigeon Creek Park. Two pumps at the sewer lift station were submerged due to the break and are currently inoperable.
Crews have installed a temporary bypass pipe to route flows to a sewage treatment plant on the Kimberly-Clark site and are working on a second bypass to prepare for additional flows that would result from rain. The second temporary bypass will be set up along 25th Street from Grand Avenue to Hoyt Avenue.
One of the pumps is expected to be back in operation as early as Saturday; the second and larger pump may take a couple of weeks before it is overhauled and back in operation.
Water quality samples have been taken near the outfall location and results will be available Saturday, May 10. Residents and visitors are warned to avoid contact with water near the outfall located at 2730 Federal Ave. Crews have posted “No swimming or wading” signs at Howarth Park and Pigeon Creek Beach. Samples will be taken each day and signs will remain in place until the water quality returns to normal.
Everett Public Works officials have notified local agencies including state departments of Health and Ecology, Snohomish Health District and Port of Everett.
Combined sewer system
Combined sewer systems are sewers that are designed to collect rainwater runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial wastewater in the same pipe. Under normal operation, the combined sewer system conveys all of the wastewater to the Everett Water Pollution Control Facility, where it is treated and then discharged to either the Snohomish River or Port Gardner Bay.
Combined sewer overflows contain bacteria and pathogens that could make someone sick if they swallow water or eat fish that have come in contact with combined sewer overflow. Each outfall location is identified by signs warning people not to swim or fish at the outfalls during rainstorms and for at least 24 hours following rainstorms.