Stormwater in Sewer System Causing Issues in Clearfield Borough
Engineer Todd Banks and Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott told council about a meeting they had with the Clearfield Municipal Authority and Lawrence Township. They informed council that they checked the flow rates going through the sewer lines, and that the rates were far too high during rains.
Banks said that DEP was requesting a map of the borough’s system, including any combined systems. Stott added that there are no more combined systems within the borough. They indicated the next step they plan on taking is to look into the private sector, and see who might have tied on sump pumps or downspouts to the lines.
“We have to cut back on private infiltration,” Stott told the press after the meeting. “The system overall is taking too much water in.”
It was indicated that roof drains were removed during the sewer project. Council member Jim Kling indicated that a lot of money was spent on the system, and that those who tied back on with downspouts and sump pumps should somehow be punished.
Stott urged those who may have tied their downspouts and sump pumps back onto the system to disconnect. It was indicated if that does not happen or work, money would need to be spent on the interceptor system.