A pump failed early Saturday morning at the 18-1 lift station causing the collections system to backup. Some wastewater did get discharged into the Colorado River from a manhole in Community Park. Staff was alerted to the problem and immediately began making repairs. The pump was brought back online quickly and the lift station 18-1 is operating normally. As a precaution, the river was tested in a location upstream of the discharge, at the discharge location and downstream of the discharge to ensure there were no effects to the river. All tests from an independent lab came back normal. There was no concern for swimmers or beachgoers as the water was diluted significantly at point of entry and with water releases from Davis Dam.
The 18-1 lift station, which caused this problem, just completed the final design for a major upgrade. A contractor for the construction will be selected within the next 60- 90 days. Until reconstructed, City wastewater staff will be monitoring the 18-1 lift station around the clock.