WHAT WE WANT FROM OUR SEWER CONSULTANTS IS A SYSTEM THAT WILL NEVER AGAIN BACK UP RAW SEWAGE INTO OUR BASEMENTS.
Before the first reports come in from our sewer consultants and are made public on November 4th, as a member of the “honorable” opposition here in Shorewood, I want to make it clear that I strongly believe that what we need is a separate sewer system. It's what's needed now and what will be needed in the long run.
This should go for all north shore communities considering upgrading.
So we in Shorewood should start with that concept in our minds as we evaluate the consultants' report. We owe an operative system to the children and grandchildren of this community, to the community of future generations, just as we received our system from a previous generation. Let's stop being cheap about our infrastructure.
Much of the money spent on making our present combined system “a permanent one” may really be money “down the drain” if the beginning of new storm system is not part of this. Patching up is not going to give it real permanency nor is the present system going to function as it should. At best it will provide for less frequent and perhaps fewer backups but backups never the less.
The storm water system will have to accommodate some water detention so that it should be large enough for that purpose as well. My proposal, if I were on the Board as its eighth (virtual) member would be to go for a system that would accommodate as much storm water as possible.
However, if it were a separate system, the overflow, according to theory would happen only once every one-hundred years, and we've claimed one of those one-hundred year events to prove the theory. And it would not backup into basement if it were a separate system.
Whatever the report of our consultants will be, in terms of an enhancement of our present system, it should be at least considered in the context of a broader alternative and a good example would be the alternative that I'm proposing.
Patching leaks in laterals alone ain't going to do it. 'Might help some. But what we need is an almost perfect system. At least we should try for that, aim toward perfection.