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City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

Bloomington, Ind. — The City of Bloomington Utilities has issued a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) advisory for the following areas after an SSO was confirmed on Thursday, July 27.

  • 3500-3600 blocks of South Leonard Springs Road
  •  3800-3900 blocks of West Sims Lane
  • 3900 block of West Woodhaven Drive

A follow-up investigation by a lift station mechanic during his daily inspection determined the SSO was the result of a lift station mechanical malfunction.  Also failing was the built-in warning system that typically notifies CBU personnel in the event a lift station is not operating as designed. Both problems were corrected today and the lift station has resumed normal operation. The estimated flow from this SSO is still to be determined.

There were no signs of untreated sewage on the ground. However, residents in the aforementioned areas are advised to take precautions should they come into contact with untreated sewage that may have accumulated as a result of this 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 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 is also 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.