Kenosha Bidecadal Sewer Purge Alert

Lee Service is working closely with the Kenosha Sewer & Water Development Authority to monitor today’s bidecadal sewer purge in Kenosha. This event last occurred in 1998 and although no injuries were reported 20 years ago there were some sticky situations reported throughout our community.

At approximately 6 a.m. this morning Ed St. Paul, director of the Sewer Authority, will instruct the employees at the lakefront sewer plant to “reverse the pumps”. Employees will throw a series of switches which will effectively reverse the sewage flow to Kenosha homes temporarily.

This will effectively loosen difficult sewer clogs which have built up and will keep our systems working effectively for the next 20 years.

“Even though we expect this to come off without any major problems,” St. Paul said, “we do ask Kenosha homeowners and businesses to follow instructions closely so we don’t have any more FCEs (Fecal Collision Events) than necessary.

Residents east of Sheridan Road are asked not to flush their toilets between 6 and 8 a.m. Those living between 22nd Avenue and 39th Avenue should abstain from flushing between 7 and 9 a.m. Finally, everybody living west of 39th Avenue should not flush their toilets between 8 and 10 a.m.

“People think this is funny,” St. Paul said. “But it they lose their sense of humor real quick if they have an FCE below their house that results in an aggressive toilet discharge.” Bob Lee Jr, President of Lee Plumbing, said Lee Plumbing is ready to help. “We offering free clean up kits,” he said. “These include sponges, heavy duty paper toweling, spray disinfectant and even some plastic trowels for those emergencies that involve larger, more solid discharges.” Premium kits that include waders and goggles are available for a small upcharge.

St. Paul said only about 5 percent of residents even noticed it happened in 1998. And of those 5 percent only a couple dozen required hazmat assistance.

“You don’t want to be one of those,” he said. “The rules are pretty easy,” St. Paul concluded. “If you have to go during the targeted down times and you don’t want to let it sit until after the purge concludes just call a friend living further west and go there to go. That’s what friends are for.”

Lee Service is a certified SPP (Sewer Purge Partner) in Kenosha. As such we are happy to answer any questions or concerns residents or businesses have. To get your free clean-up kit, click on this link.