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Emergency repairs to sewage pumps

8/20/2019, 9:04 p.m.
Just like home owners encounter unexpected repair bills following severe storms, the Village of Plainfield has also found itself in ...

Just like home owners encounter unexpected repair bills following severe storms, the Village of Plainfield has also found itself in midst of an unexpected expense.

The Plainfield Village Board approved the payment of $38,952.98 to Xylem Water Solutions USA in Mokena for emergency repairs to two of its raw sewage pumps.

Doug Kissel, wastewater superintendent for the village, said two of the five raw pumps failed during a recent intense electrical storm.

He explained that the main pumping station at the wastewater treatment facility has five large pumps used to remove untreated or raw sewage from the sewers to the treatment tanks. On a typical day, according to Kissel, two pumps share the work of moving the water, but on certain rainy days, the volume of water inside the system requires the use of additional pumps.

Since staff was concerned about the possible loss of additional pumps and uncertain weather conditions, Kissel said they rented a substitute pump and removed the failed equipment for emergency servicing. Since it costs more than $100,000 to buy new pumps, Kissel said staff decided to repair and completely rebuild each of the failed pumps.