Flush away: Town of Lakeshore says sanitary sewer system levels back to normal

The Town of Lakeshore said sanitary sewer systems are back to normal, after asking residents to avoid flushing toilets, taking showers, running dishwashers or using water.

Lakeshore asked residents to avoid running water until town's sanitary sewer system 'catches up'

This is the section of Lakeshore that the town is asking to avoid running water in. Sanitary sewers in the town were operating at capacity on February 21, 2018, after record-breaking rainfall amounts. (Town of Lakeshore)

The Town of Lakeshore said sanitary sewer systems are back to normal, after asking residents to avoid flushing toilets, taking showers, running dishwashers or using water.

Earlier on Wednesday the town said sanitary sewer system needed to "catch up." 

The town's sanitary system from West Puce Road east to Rourke Line from Lake St. Clair to County Road 22, and neighbouring areas, was running at full capacity due to recent rains and the snow melt. 

Mary Jo Shaw lives in Emeryville. She said it's not a big deal that she can't use water for the night. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

Mary Jo Shaw lives in Emeryville. She said her neighbours often have trouble with drainage, but her home is on higher ground. She was not concerned about the sanitary system.

"It's not a big deal. We'll work with it," she said.

The potential lack of water use was a bit of a worry for Ethan Kruc. He said there's four people in his family and they use a lot of water.

"If you want to shower you can't do that," he said.

Record breaking rain

The news comes as Windsor-Essex broke weather records this week.

Rainfall levels quickly rose past record measurements on both Monday and Tuesday, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Ria Alsen, and Tuesday was the warmest Feb. 20 on record.

Ethan Kruc lives in the affected area, he's a bit worried about not being able to use water. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

A total of 15.4 mm of rain was measured at the Windsor Airport on Monday, enough to douse the previous record for Feb 19 of 10.9 mm set in 1974.

The Town of Lakeshore updated residents at about 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, letting them know the levels were back to normal.