Update: Douglas Island Wastewater Lift Station Returns to Normal Operation

    Photo provided by City and Borough of Juneau

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A CBJ Utility wastewater lift station located at the base of the Juneau Douglas bridge on the Douglas side experienced pump failure resulting in discharge outside the system.

    Update: 03/09/2023 4:48 p.m.:

    CBJ crews have successfully fixed the main pump at the Douglas Island Lift Station.

    The pump is back online and providing the necessary pressure to transport wastewater from Douglas Island over the bridge to the Juneau Douglas Wastewater Treatment plant.

    CBJ ceased discharging wastewater to the channel around 1 p.m.

    Improvements to this lift station are a high priority for the Utility and both the Douglas Island and Outer Drive Lift Stations are scheduled for complete rehabilitation—including pump replacement—in 2024.

    Original 03/09/2023 1:32 p.m.:

    Both the main pump and back-up pump have failed due to insufficient head pressure. As a result, the system is discharging wastewater on the beach. There are no visible solids. A second pump is en route to the site.

    This lift station pumps wastewater from South Douglas homes to the Juneau Douglas treatment plant on Thane.  

    CBJ crews are taking active steps to resolve the issue and DEC has been notified.

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