Contributed by Joe MacDowell Lot 190
Lake Heritage Residents:
Most of us have small tanks in our yards to contain our sewage and wastewater until a float switch turns on an electric pump. The pump grinds and delivers the waste to the sewer system.
DURING A POWER OUTAGE YOUR SEWAGE PUMP WILL NOT WORK AND THE HIGH LEVEL ALARM (ALSO ELECTRIC) WILL NOT SOUND.
Your water supply however, will continue to work. It is vitally important that you use as little water as possible during a power outage. Failure to do so could possibly cause a backup into your home. Your major water using appliances of course won’t work either, however, we must all minimize toilet flushes, showers, baths, hand washing dishes, as much as possible. Our wastewater tanks have some reserve capacity. However, we never know how long a power outage will last. Follow these simple instructions and you need not worry.
When power is restored, your wastewater tank may be full and the alarm may sound. Wait several minutes to allow the pump to empty the tank. The alarm will stop sounding when the level in the tank drops to normal.
If you have a home generator make sure your generator also operates the sewer pump – otherwise follow the above instructions.