Provincetown sewer system ‘stable’ after state of emergency declared earlier this week

ByShannon J. Cortes

Aug 13, 2022

Provincetown’s city manager said its downtown vacuum sewer system — which caused a sewer emergency on Thursday, forcing the immediate closure of restaurants in parts of town — has returned to stable operation. normal water use,” City Manager Alex Morse said on social media. “We are asking downtown sewer customers to immediately refrain from large water uses, such as laundry and laundry. dishes, to ensure system stability when it comes back online.” “If the system continues to remain stable overnight with the addition of residential streams, restaurants and businesses can resume normal operations on morning,” Morse wrote. Restaurants or catering businesses in the service area were forced to halt operations following a sewer emergency issued Thursday. “This is necessary to prevent a further emergency from public health caused by sewer overflows, and we need to significantly reduce the flow to allow for critical repair work to get the city back to full capacity,” the city said. The ordinance required that residential properties in this system reduce water usage, including washing dishes, laundry, showering and flushing toilets only when necessary. On Thursday, Spiritus Pizza was popping up – one of the few restaurants open for business in the heart of Provincetown. “We don’t close for hurricanes, why are we going to close for that?” said owner Guillermo Yingling. Spiritus operates with its own septic tank, but its owner has two other establishments that were empty. “If we lose a single day, it will be huge. If we lose two days, it will be the difference between making money or not this year,” he said. “I think everyone is impacted. Provincetown, being a vacation town, everyone is here to have fun, relax, eat at the great restaurants, enjoy the town and all of that has been put on hold for today,” visitor Kyle Pleasant said. “Provincetown is constantly changing, but lately, I’ll tell you, for the worse on many levels,” visitor Shep Wahnon said. “Last year was the Delta variant of COVID. The year before it was COVID. It’s like that. We have to continue with the punches,” Yingling said. Anyone with questions is asked to call DPW Assistant Director Sherry Prada during business hours at 508-487-7060. Provincetown is expected to welcome tens of thousands of visitors for Carnival week, which includes several events and a parade down Commercial Street.

Provincetown’s city manager said its downtown vacuum sewer system — which caused a sewer emergency on Thursday, forcing the immediate closure of restaurants in parts of town — has returned to stable operation.

“At this point, residential users can begin to gradually return to normal water use,” City Manager Alex Morse said on social media. “We are asking downtown sewer customers to immediately refrain from large water uses, such as laundry and dishwashers, to ensure stability of the system when it comes back online.”

“If the system continues to remain stable overnight with the addition of residential flows, restaurants and businesses can resume normal operations. [Saturday] morning,” Morse wrote.

Restaurants or catering businesses in the service area were forced to halt operations following a sewer emergency issued on Thursday.

“This is necessary to prevent another public health emergency caused by sewer overflows, and we need to significantly reduce the flow to allow for critical repair work to get the city back to full capacity,” the city said.

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Sewer emergency declared in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The ordinance required residential properties in this system to reduce water use, including dishwashing, laundry, showering and flushing only when necessary.

On Thursday, Spiritus Pizza was popping up – one of the few restaurants open for business in the heart of Provincetown.

“We don’t close for hurricanes, why are we going to close for that?” said owner Guillermo Yingling.

Spiritus operates on its own septic system, but its owner has two other establishments that were empty.

“If we lose a single day, it will be huge. If we lose two days, it will be the difference between making money or not this year,” he said.

“I think everyone is impacted. Provincetown, being a vacation town, everyone is here to have fun, relax, eat at the great restaurants, enjoy the town and all of that has been put on hold for today,” visitor Kyle Pleasant said.

“Provincetown is constantly changing, but lately, I’ll tell you, for the worse on many levels,” visitor Shep Wahnon said.

“Last year was the Delta variant of COVID. The year before it was COVID. It’s like that. We have to continue with the punches,” Yingling said.

Anyone with questions is asked to call DPW Assistant Director Sherry Prada during business hours at 508-487-7060.

Provincetown is expected to welcome tens of thousands of visitors for Carnival week, which includes several events and a parade down Commercial Street.