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City of Bloomington, Indiana

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisories

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 5, 2017

For more information please contact: Vic Kelson, City of Bloomington Utilities Director, 812-349-3650, kelsonv@bloomington.in.gov

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisories

Bloomington, Ind. - The City of Bloomington Utilities has issued a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) advisory for each of the following areas after an SSO was confirmed at each location, on Friday, May 5.

· 100 block West Grimes Lane

· 1100 block South College Mall Road

· 1500 block South Rogers Street

· 1900 block South Walnut Street

· 2500 block South Camden Drive

The significant amount of rainfall received in recent days is believed to be the primary contributor to these sanitary sewer overflows.

The City of Bloomington Utilities continues to monitor the locations and will follow the proper clean-up protocol once the flow of an SSO ceases. The process of determining the volume of flow generated from each of these sanitary sewer overflows is ongoing.

Anyone in the aforementioned areas is advised to take precautions when coming into contact with untreated sewage that may have accumulated as a result of the overflow. Any individual who has come into direct contact with untreated sewage is advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

The City of Bloomington Utilities has confirmed a total of ten sanitary sewer overflows thus far in 2017, including the five that are ongoing today. A total of 26 were confirmed in 2016.

The City of Bloomington Utilities is committed to a more efficient and reliable wastewater collection and treatment system, and reducing the number of sanitary sewer overflows is a major emphasis in that effort.

The City of Bloomington Utilities also is committed to transparency with respect to the citizens of this community. This includes issuing public advisories in the event a confirmed sanitary sewer overflow has occurred.

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