Heavy Rain in Valley Raises Concerns at Sewage Plant

On Thursday morning, a local sewage plant official said the heavy rainfall that's been hitting the Valley this week is raising some concerns.

According to reports obtained from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Sewer Authority, the average daily water flow at its plant more than tripled over three days.

Executive Director Sharon Foley says some employees had to work overtime as a result.

She says, if this week's rate of water flow continues and there's any sort of mechanical failure, water quality could be affected.

There have been no problems reported this week, but Foley says there is a lot of responsibility, especially now.

"All surface waters eventually become a public water supply, and so maintaining our waterways to make sure they're swimmable, fishable, and drinkable is the goal of waste water treatment," explains Foley.

On Thursday morning, Foley explicitly said water was fine to drink.

However, after being so busy during the week, she said employees were crossing their fingers, hoping for dry weather soon.

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