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Brandon residents asked to limit their water use

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This broken pipe is what caused the lift station to go offline This broken pipe is what caused the lift station to go offline

 

A lift station in Brandon is offline and homeowners face the threat of sewage backing up into their basements. Brandon Public Works says homes East of Splitrock Boulevard and between Redwood Boulevard and Rushmore Drive need to curb their water use until further notice.
Unfortunately, it could be sometime before they can turn the water back on.

You're looking at the culprit behind Brandon's sewage problem. This cracked pipe ended up filling the dry well at the Pioneer Park lift station with sewage, that in turn has put homeowners in Brandon on edge.

"Yeah, I hope my basement doesn't fill up with sewage!" Said Jan Vierick.

It's the danger no homeowner wants to hear but with a sewage lift station offline people in Brandon have been told keep their water use to a minimum.

"Yeah if you can refrain from washing clothes and use the laundromat here in town and maybe hold off on the dishes a little bit, that's what we're asking." Said Rollie Hoeke, the Brandon Public Works Director.

Some homeowners had no idea there was a water restriction. While they are happy to comply, they say it's not going to be easy.

"Definitely! You get so comfortable with those conveniences and when they're gone, they're gone." Said Vierick.

The cold isn't preventing crews from fixing the problem, but it sure isn't helping.

"The cold it kind of puts a damper on things, it freezes the trucks, freezes pumps, it's not good for the guys it's tough on them but we've got a great group of guys working on it." Said Hoeke. 

With the lift station out of commission, pump trucks have to physically move sewage to the treatment center. It's a 24/7 project but the end to this mess is in sight.

"Yeah I'm hoping by Wednesday we should have another motor and I'll give that a try. hopefully that will take care of part of it so we can get partway online." Said Hoeke.

"I hope they get it corrected as soon as possible! That's a long time to go without a shower!" Said Vierick.

Public Works believes there was only one home that had sewage actually back up into their basement and as long as people restrict their water use as best as possible, no other homes should be effected. 

 

The Public Works director doesn't believe the cold was the direct cause for the pipe breaking. He said the lift station is old and renovations had been previously up for discussion.

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