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City to host Electric Vehicle Expo

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The following is a message from the Michiana Area Council of Governments, in collaboration with South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. and the City of Goshen: The City of Goshen’s Department of Environmental Resilience is teaming up with the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) and South Shore... more

TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT CHANCE FOR COMMUNITY TO SEE CITY EQUIPMENT, MEET CITY STAFF

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Squad cars, fire trucks and plows, oh my! The City of Goshen invites residents to come downtown Saturday, Sept. 25, to interact with City vehicles and meet staff. The City of Goshen’s Touch-a-Truck event, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Main Street between Jefferson Street and Lincoln Avenue,... more

LAST BRUSH COLLECTION DELAYED

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The September brush pickup —and the last of the year—has been delayed to the first week of October, to allow the Street Department to finish its paving project. The Street Department has been paving roads on the north side of Goshen. The project must be completed before the fall weather fully... more

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LAST Brush pickup

Monday, September 27, 2021

FINAL scheduled brush pickup of the year. During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. More at goshenindiana.org/street-department

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, September 27, 2021, 2:00pm

To join the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81896230103 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 818 9623 0103 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Shade Tree Board

Monday, September 27, 2021, 7:00pm

Lift Stations

The City of Goshen has 38 lift stations. These are small storage tanks with either pumps that are submerged in the sewage or pumps that sit in a dry area and pull out of wet wells. These take in sewage from residents and business and then pumps it to the wastewater treatment plant.

The maintenance technicians check certain stations daily and check all stations once a week. They are periodically cleaned because of grease and trash buildup.

At least a few times a week the maintenance crew has to pull pumps to clean them of trash. 

Underneath all this debris is a pump. This is our Bashor lift station which has 3 of our largest lift station pumps.

This picture is a chopper pump with an impeller designed to cut up debris that passes through it. If you look close that is a golf ball in there that plugged the pump.

Our lift stations use level transmitters to turn on and off pumps. When debris builds up on them it can cause faulty readings that can hinder the lift stations performance.

Please think before flushing items down drains and toilets, These items include:

  • Wipes (flushable and other types) - These may say flushable which means they will not plug a toilet. However these wipes do not break down and can clogs the City's pumps.
  • Paper Towels
  • Cloth Towels               
  • Unused Medications
  • Disposable diapers
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Bandages and bandage wrappings
  • Condoms
  • Birth control
  • Dental floss
  • Cat litter
  • Cigarette Butts
  • Hair
  • Medical waste

These are all things found in our sanitary sewer system. While most will not harm household plumbing, they do not break down easily and become entangled with each other and create clogs.

Other items that should never be flushed include:

  • Fats
  • Ashes
  • Cinders
  • Sand
  • Mud
  • Straw
  • Metal (including metal shavings)
  • Glass
  • Rags
  • Feathers
  • Plastics
  • Wood
  • Fleshings
  • Entrails
  • Paper plates or cups
  • Milk containers
  • Aluminum cans
  • Tar
  • Sludges
  • Scums

Solid fats and the trimmings from meat (fleshings) should not be flushed or put down the drain via your garbage disposal. They will not only clog up your own household drains and pipes, they will cause problems for your municipal sewer system. Sludge, scum, and fats should be placed into garbage bags and disposed of with your other trash.

  • Grease
  • Oil
  • Paint 
  • Excess dyes
  • Cleaning chemicals
  • Automotive fluids
  • Paint thinners
  • Bleach
  • Hazardous liquids
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Alcohols

Hazardous materials should be disposed of properly and never flushed or poured down household drains or stormwater drains on streets.