EVANS - Residents and business owners in Evans who were in the "no flush" zone now are allowed to flush toilets, wash their hands and shower in Evans.
The ban on flushing was lifted Saturday morning. However, some restrictions remain in effect until the Wastewater Treatment Plant is fully operational.
"Evans has been under a 'no flush' order for eight days, and residents were told at the beginning of this situation that we would lift the 'no flush' order within 10 days," said City Manager Aden Hogan in a statement. "We are now at day eight, and we are extremely proud with the efficiency and hard work of our Public Works crews who have been working cooperatively with the City of Greeley to bring this system back online."
Evans is relying on temporary bypass pumps until the wastewater treatment facility is fully operational, so residents are still being asked to conserve water that goes down the drain.
Businesses and residents are still being asked to refrain from doing laundry. Residents are asked to not overload the system, which can result in sewage backing up in basements.
Car washing, use of garden hoses and other outside water use is permitted.
The city says crews have had temporary power running to the treatment facility to test lagoon pumps. They have waited to observe a noticeable drop in the lagoon water levels before lifting some "no flush" restrictions. The focus now turns to jetting and cleaning the sanitary system to be sure it is open and clean. When it is clear that the plant is operating normally, the remaining "no flush" restrictions will be lifted.
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