Proctor residents continue to reduce water usage; Here’s why

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As the snow continues to melt, all the water has to go somewhere, and for one city, their sewer lines and manholes are full because of groundwater entering into the system. The city of Proctor asked residents and businesses to immediately reduce their water usage so that their sewer lines and manholes don’t become overfilled.

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WDIO spoke with resident Debbie Nylund about what she did to help limit her water usage.
“I just decided I won’t wash clothes for a few days and cut down on doing the dishes and stuff maybe once a day or even, if I can.”

Even with residents reducing their usage, Executive Director of Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) Marianne Bohren said that it was unable to stop one manhole from overflowing. “There was more water coming into the system than the system could handle, and so there was an overflow in Proctor from one of our WSSLD manholes. No longer actively flowing, caused by this high snowfall and the wonderful weather that has melted it very quickly. The two areas right now that are the most challenged are Proctor and the Pike Lake area.”

WDIO has reached out to the city of Proctor for any updates and has yet to hear a response back.