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Update: Provincetown hopes for end of sewer emergency by Saturday

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 2022-08-12
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Provincetown declares a sewer emergency affecting restaurants and residents Provincetown declares a sewer emergency affecting restaurants and residents

Work to restore sewer service to large sections of Provincetown continued Friday with hopes of getting system back on line by Saturday morning.

“The restoration of the downtown vacuum system continues to progress,” said Town Manager Alex Morse in a post to Facebook just before 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

“Throughout the day the system has maintained stable operation as additional areas have been brought online,” said Morse. “We anticipate restoration of the system to be completed later today. In order to sustain stable operation of the system, we are in the process of developing recommendations for a return to normal operations over the next 12-16 hours.”

That puts the hopeful return at some time around 4:00 am to 8:00 a.m.

The list of streets affected can be found here.

Morse said restaurants in the affected area will need to remain closed for the rest of the day, except for the sale of prepackaged, ready to eat food.

“The restrictions do not apply to sewer customers that are on our gravity system, nor does it apply to properties with on-site septic systems,” said Morse.

All public restrooms remain closed Friday and 18 porta-o-potties were placed on Ryder Street near Provincetown Town Hall.

Restaurants were told to cease operations immediately, public restrooms closed, and residents were ordered to limit water use after Provincetown declared a sewer emergency, on Thursday.

Residents have had to drastically reduce water use, including dishwashing, laundry, showering, and only flush when absolutely necessary, town officials added.

The emergency preceded one of the biggest weekends during the summer in Provincetown, with the start Provincetown Carnival, which runs from August 13 to August 20.

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Provincetown water and sewer emergency

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