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October 1, 2020

7/16/2020 8:50:00 AM
City reports sanitary sewer overflow

The City of Rhinelander experienced a sanitary sewer overflow that has been corrected, the water utility reported earlier this week.

The overflow occurred from a manhole structure (MH S-5) located near 900 Boyce Drive, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at approximately 8:30 p.m., according to a city press release.

It was discovered a blockage occurred in this local main sewage line located in the ROW, and this resulted in backup of the main with an overflow from a single manhole structure. Upon report of the overflow occurring above ground, the City of Rhinelander Water & Sewer Utility responded to the incident and corrected the blockage by cleaning and removing the obstruction. This stopped the overflow and released the backup of sewage flow. It is estimated no more than 1,000 gallons of sewage had overflowed before corrective measures were taken. The overflow had proceeded to drain overland to the Pelican River waterway. No basement backups were reported as a result of the overflow. All necessary steps are being taken to limit any public health hazard or potential harmful effects to the environment.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has been notified. Pursuant to the requirement of NR 210, this press release is being issued regarding this event. Due to a timely response to this event, less than 1,000-gallon volume of sewage overflow is estimated to have occurred and no adverse impact to area residents and environment is estimated to have resulted.

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