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Published April 29, 2014, 04:36 PM

Sump pump water becoming a problem

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's not 1997. It's not 2009, but the Fargo-Moorhead area will see another spring with flooding. More than first anticipated.

By: Catherine Ross, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's not 1997. It's not 2009, but the Fargo-Moorhead area will see another spring with flooding. More than first anticipated.

The "Red" will approach "Major" flood stage this weekend.

With recent rain sump pumps have been working overtime and that sump pump water is going down the drain.

But a city ordinance calls for you to dump that water into your yard or storm sewer.

The sanitary sewer system is only designed to handle 15 million gallons per day.

But this week the waste water plant has seen as much as 10 million more gallons from sump water.

Jim Hausauer/ Fargo Waste Water Utility Director: “The sanitary system is designed size-wise just for sanitary sewer. The storm water or sub pump water should go into the storm water system.”

Sump pump water doesn't need chemical treatment like waste water does so processing it through the sanitary system also expends energy and city resources.

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