ASHLAND, WI – In an effort to lessen the burden on the city’s water treatment plant, Ashland’s mayor is asking neighbors to conserve water this weekend.
In post on Facebook Saturday morning, Deb Lewis suggested people hold off washing clothings, running the dishwater or other unnecessary water use until the storm passes.
“Many people have expressed a desire to do something to help as we are in the process of finding and fixing defects in the city’s wastewater system,” Lewis wrote.
2″ to 3″ of rain was expected to fall throughout the weekend.
Since 2013, more than 75 million gallons of diluted raw sewage has poured into Lake Superior due to overflows at the wastewater treatment facility, according to the city’s public works department.
City officials earlier stated it could likely cost $15 million plus to address the situation.
The city held a community forum in April to discuss the issue.