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We all know that MMSD (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District) must separate the storm rain runoff systems and septic sewers, but something else can be fixed and improved.
As part of a long-term improvement, MMSD must increase the amount of waste treated at the plants in the first place.
YES, increase the capacity at treatment plants!!!!
Currently the capacity at
1880’s The first centrifugal pump built by E. P. Allis & Co. was rated at a capacity of 70 million gallons per day. It was built for pumping sewage at
At that time the sewerage system was under the control of the Board of Public Works of the City of
Jones Island plant’s average daily flow of 113 million gallons and peak capacity of 330 million gallons.
The tunnels temporarily store sewage and storm water after heavy rains until the
In a deluge, combined sanitary and storm sewers in central
Why is waste left in the deep tunnels if they can process more daily?
We built the deep tunnel (1994 operational) instead of separating the sewers and now we have increased the size of the deep tunnel (2 miles operational 2010) to give a buffer, but a two part real solution needs to happen. MMSD needs to process more waste faster and we need to separate the sewers!
I know MMSD is like a quasi government entity will not want to sink their own money into this. How could they easily pass the costs on to the public? Same as they do now. Raise taxes!
If MMSD increases the amount of treatment:
- There will be less already in the deep tunnel and maybe it could even be empty
- They will be able to keep up better with the increase amount of flow during storm times.
- Even fewer dumps of blended or raw sewage.
Please think about this!
IF MMSD were a private firm would they get away with:
- Dumping with a big fine that they simply cannot raise taxes to pay for it.
- Not separate the sewers since the City of
and Shorewood would be pushing it. Milwaukee
- Class action suit
One of my friends (who is a liberal that had water damage in
Maybe it is time for a class action suit to get MMSD moving in the right direction!