HUNTSVILLE -- An administrative law judge for the Utah Public Service Commission will hear a complaint in early August from Huntsville-area residents who maintain Mountain Sewer Corporation failed to prevent raw sewage from entering 15 condominiums during a flood.
Administrative Law Judge David Clark will conduct the hearing on behalf of the commission.
A complaint has been filed against Mountain Sewer by David Smith, Marsha Smith, Dawn Martell, Bob Kimball, Frank Cumberland and Larry Zini.
The six Huntsville-area residents are asking the commission to inspect Mountain Sewer to prevent a recurrence of flooding problems that occurred the night of March 16.
The complainants are asking that Mountain Sewer upgrade several lift pumps to handle sewage during peak periods. They also want Mountain Sewer to cease dumping raw sewage into manholes in the Summit at Ski Lake, Zini said.
They contend Mountain Sewer failed to provide adequate, efficient and reasonable service to prevent raw sewage from entering 15 condominiums at Lakeside Village.
Mountain Sewer serves about 125 customers in Lakeside Village, The Summit at Ski Lake and Edgewater Chalets, Zini said.
The complainants also have asked the commission to audit Mountain Sewer's financial records to determine if charges to customers and prospective customers have been proper and uniform.
They contend Mountain Sewer has attempted to charge disparate connection fees to new users that are lower than those charged to existing customers without obtaining permission from the Public Service Commission.
Dr. Ronald Catanzaro, owner of Mountain Sewer, could not be reached for comment regarding the complaint.
However, in May, he offered an explanation to the Standard-Examiner for the March 16 flooding incident.
Catanzaro said that a Utah Department of Transportation storm water grate near old Snowbasin Road and State Road 39 became plugged with debris, resulting in a large volume of water flowing into a nearby sewer manhole that had been breached, possibly by a snowplow.
The amount of water entering Mountain Sewer's system overwhelmed pumps and two pumper trucks, causing sewage to overflow from a containment area into some Lakeside Village condominiums, he said at the time.
There has been a problem with rags and other items from condos being flushed into Mountain Sewer's system and clogging pumps, Catanzaro said.
In removing the items, he said, trucks have taken sewage and placed it in manholes at The Summit at Ski Lake, which is less costly than transporting it to the Weber County treatment facility.