Barnstable County

‘No dishes, no laundry, no bathrooms’: Provincetown sewer station malfunctions after heavy rains

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. — Officials urged the public to cut back on using household appliances, including the bathroom, after the town’s sewer system broke down after a heavy rainstorm Tuesday evening.

Provincetown Police said the central vacuum sewer station in town, the one that runs the Commercial district downtown sewer system, suffered an electrical malfunction.

That station was back up and running by 6:30 p.m., but officials warned of potential issues along the vacuum line due to the prolonged outage. Residents were advised to “limit” their use of the sewer system for the rest of the night.

Police had previously asked them to avoid using the system altogether.

“You must stop doing anything that may add waste to the system,” police wrote in a social media post. “That means no dishes, no laundry, and no bathrooms. If you continue doing these functions you may create a sewer backup into your property.”

If you are experiencing a sewer emergency, you can call 508-487-5474 and your call will be addressed as soon as possible.

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