Thursday, August 4, 2016

Press Release - Sanitary Sewer Overflow

On August 3, 2016 a sanitary sewer overflow was reported at 301 Elm Street, Milton, WI.  The Department of Public Works responded, and the overflow has been fixed.  This press release serves as official public notification of a sanitary sewer overflow as required by the Department of Natural Resources.

The property owner of 301 Elm Street called Diggers Hotline for a locate; however, the locate was for the area north of the home and the property owner excavated south of the home.  The property owner struck a City of Milton sewer main at approximately 7 p.m. on August 2, 2016, and was unaware of the damage that was caused.

The Director of Public Works and the Public Works Foreman drove past the property on August 3, 2016 at 10:15 a.m. and saw the excavator parked near the City of Milton sewer line.  Upon further investigation, they observed sewage flowing out of the ground.  The flow went into a nearby wooded drainage area where it was absorbed into the soil.  This drainage area is owned by the property owner.  The Department of Public Works Sewer Division responded at 10:35 a.m. on August 3, 2016 and plugged the line by 11 a.m.

The sewer overflow repair to the break was completed at 11 a.m. on August 3, 2016.  The damaged sewer main section was cut out and replaced with a piece of plastic sanitary sewer pipe.    The restoration and repair of the site was complete by 1:30 p.m. on August 3, 2016.  The Department of Public Works jetted and vacuumed the sewer line to remove any remaining debris left in the sewer main.

For additional information contact Howard Robinson, Director of Public Works, at 608-868-6914 or by e-mail at