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BRUSH TRAILER PROGRAM

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The brush trailer program this year will begin Monday, April 13 and will run through October 23. The trailer can be reserved for the removal of large amounts of brush.  If a homeowner is trimming his own bushes or trees, they can schedule a trailer to be dropped off to put their brush in. This... more

TESTING SITES AND THE CARES ACT

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The following is a message by the Elkhart County Health Department. Haga click aqui para ver el comunicado de prensa en español. Incident Command has been asked to share where testing sites are and if the person being tested would be charged for the test being processed. It is still required... more

CITY OFFICES CLOSED FRIDAY, APRIL 10

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

City offices will be closed Friday, April 10 after 1 p.m. If you need to speak with a City staff person, please call Friday before 1 p.m. or Monday, April 13. As a reminder, City buildings remain closed to the public and some staff may not be working due to measures taken by the City to help... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, April 13, 2020, 2:00pm

Redevelopment Commission

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 3:00pm

CANCELED–Community Relations Commission

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 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.