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GOSHEN UTILITY BUSINESS OFFICE NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Goshen Utility Business Office walk-up counter (203 S. 5th St.) is now open to the public during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. By order of the Elkhart County Health Department, face coverings are required in public. Please wear a mask when entering the... more

OFFICES CLOSED: INDEPENDENCE DAY

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

All City of Goshen offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Trash collection remains on a regular schedule. Residents are asked to put their trash out on their usual day and time. more

JUNE BRUSH PICKUP

Friday, June 26, 2020

Due to the special brush pickup June 15, following the storm that brought down tree limbs through parts of the City, the Goshen Street Department's regular end-of month brush pickup for June was pushed back to begin the week of July 6, 2020. During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department... more

Upcoming Events All »

City Council meeting

Today, 6:00pm

To access the live stream of this meeting, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82220213325

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, July 13, 2020, 2:00pm

To access the live stream of this meeting, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82568247058

Redevelopment Commission

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 3:00pm

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.