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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 2:53 pm

Mother Nature provided a setback last weekend by dropping snow and rain in Lake County and dashing the hopes of those persons anticipating that Madison's sanitary-sewer alert would come to an end.

Brad Lawrence, municipal utility director, said on Monday morning that the city's wastewater system returned to its initial overloaded status when a sanitary-sewer emergency was declared on April 17. Lawrence said Madison residents still need to curtail their use of the city's wastewater system and relieve part of the burden that the staff at Madison's wastewater-treatment plant has seen due to spring runoff.

At the start of the emergency, all sump pump users were instructed to discharge their outflow lines into the streets, the city storm sewer or other free-flowing drainage area. Madison residents were also asked to curtail their use of washing machines and dishwashers and any other practices that involve large volumes of water.

A week ago, Lawrence reported to city commissioners that progress was made in curtailing the amount of wastewater coming into the municipal wastewater-treatment plant. The initial dropoff was significant, and additional progress was made in small increments.

Madison residents dumping their sump pump outflows into the system were pointed out as some of the main culprits for the heavy load of work at the wastewater plant. On April 22, the city commissioners heard the first reading of changes to an ordinance that will enact a $50-per-day penalty for homeowners who discharge sump pump water into the municipal sanitary-sewer system between April and October.

Also adding to the problem, some groundwater is leaking into the city's wastewater system through breaks in underground sanitary-sewer pipes.

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