Businesses in Provincetown, Massachusetts, were ordered to close on Thursday after city officials declared a sewer emergency for properties connected to one of the city’s sewer systems.
Town officials also announced that they would be ordering portable toilets due to the lack of open public restrooms.
“In this immediate area, all restaurants and food service providers must close. We need to drastically reduce flow to allow the crucial repair work to get the town back to full capacity, and this is necessary to prevent a further public health emergency caused by sewer overflows “Provincetown, Massachusetts, Town Government updated their Facebook status.
Those living in town’s “vacuum sewer system” are urged to “reduce water use, including dishwashing, laundry, showering, and only flush when absolutely necessary,” the town said.
On Thursday, officials said it could take up to 48 hours to “get the system back to normal” and announced that 18 portable toilets would be arriving at Town Hall by 11 a.m. on Thursday.
“Throughout the next two days, you can count on hearing from our team with fresh information. All of you have been so helpful and patient with us, and we appreciate it “local government expanded.
Officials in Provincetown are hopeful that the sewer system will be “fully operational” by Saturday, according to comments made by Town Manager Alex Morse in an interview with Newsweek on Thursday.
Provincetown’s annual Carnival week, which draws many visitors every year, begins the week after next.
Officials have “more space and capacity to make the necessary repairs,” according to Morse, because fewer people will be using the sewer system on Thursday as a result of the town’s messaging. Nonetheless, he warned, “We’re obviously not out of the woods yet.”
The town announced on Facebook the night before it declared a sewer emergency that “larger than normal wastewater volume sent into the sewer system today has hampered our ability to make the necessary repairs.” They “may need to implement further restrictions tomorrow in order to facilitate our ability to make the necessary repairs,” the officials said.
According to Morse, the town’s sewage problems began after this week’s storms caused an overflow that damaged electric panels, cutting power for several hours.
In another incident from June of last year, video footage was captured in Chicago showing sewage and water exploding over city streets due to flooding. At least two manhole covers had previously been blown off the street by storm events, including a tornado that had touched down in the city, prior to the incident.
After millions of gallons of untreated sewage were “discharged” into a channel in Long Beach, California in December, officials had to close beaches.
Los Angeles’ beaches were closed last year after 17 million gallons of raw sewage were released into the ocean. At the time, Los Angeles officials blamed a mechanical failure at the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa del Rey, California, for the sewage spill.
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