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Posted on: October 20, 2020

Markham Lift Station to receive improved fencing beginning Oct. 16

Beginning Friday, Oct. 16, Western Municipal Water District (Western) will be installing new outer fencing surrounding the Markham Lift Station located at Markham Street and Wood Road in Riverside. Residents and customers in the area will see contractors on site from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. but should not experience significant noise or traffic impacts.  Fencing work in expected to be completed the week of Oct. 26. 

Continuing our efforts to be a good neighbor and enhance facility aesthetics, the new slatted fencing will serve to better screen the facility while providing improved security to the site. In addition to the new fencing, Western has made several improvements to the lift station including manhole and vault sealing and adjusting odor control additives to minimize odor.

“Providing customers with an exceptional user experience is our top priority, and we are doing that by constantly improving your water and wastewater systems,” said Western’s General Manager Craig Miller. “Lift stations are essential to our wastewater systems and we work 24 hours a day, 365 days per year to effectively collect and treat sewage for our community.”

The Markham Lift Station is a critical link in Western’s wastewater system. The lift station is used to pump wastewater from a low point in the system to pipelines at a higher elevation. These flows are then conveyed to Western’s Water Recycling Facility (WWRF) where more than 3 million gallons per day of wastewater are treated to produce clean, high-quality recycled water for irrigation use. The recycled water produced at WWRF is used to irrigate the Riverside National Cemetery, the General Archie Old Golf Course, business landscapes, and street medians. 

 “Our system is designed to allow gravity to do much of the work to keep sewage moving away from homes and businesses. However, there are some low-lying areas that require a little help,” continued Miller. “Thanks to facilities like the Markham Lift Station, our specialized systems and highly trained professionals ensure you have a reliable, safe system.”

Western is also reminding customers to help prevent clogs and backups in the sewer system by only flushing the “three Ps.” Remembering the three Ps – pee, poo, and (toilet) paper – will help Western maintain essential wastewater treatment systems and sewer service for homes and businesses.

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