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Sewer monitors could prevent future backups in Peru

Posted by wlpo on July 1, 2013

It only takes one unusually heavy rain to cause sewage to backup into basements.  Peru officials are hoping a special sanitary sewer flow monitor will let them know when sanitary sewers are reaching capacity.

The city has bought a cell phone link package that would attach to a sewer monitor and sound an alarm at the police department whenever the sanitary sewer is full.

The city council agreed to buy the package for $5,979 Monday night.  Alderman Dave Waldorf says if the alarm rings at the police department, someone at the station would page out the public works department.  Public works employees would then set up pumps to move water from the sanitary sewer to the storm sewer, hopefully preventing the water from getting into your basement.

Waldorf says the detectors will be in place on the south end of Marquette Road, 31st Street, and the field north of Liberty Village.  It is one of several steps the city has taken to prevent backups after a number of basements took-on sewage in April.

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