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SOU TH 8F <br /> 4 � <br /> i <br /> r-- <br /> x x <br /> 1565 <br /> CITY OF SOUTH BEND <br /> PETE BUTTIGIEG, MAYOR <br /> OFFICE OF THE MAYOR <br /> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE <br /> February 15,2013 <br /> Contact:Mike Schmuhl <br /> Phone: 574-235-9261 <br /> WATER PUMPING AT FORMER NEW ENERGY SITE <br /> Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Councilman Oliver Davis <br /> Worked on Issue Impacting Neighborhood <br /> SOUTH BEND A single water pump at the former New Energy ethanol plant was turned on <br /> Friday afternoon as the City of South Bend reached an understanding with the outgoing owners. <br /> The pump will take roughly four million gallons of water out of the ground each day and the <br /> Department of Public Works will continue to regularly monitor the groundwater table. It may <br /> take a few days for residents to see a difference in their affected houses. <br /> "This is a very unique situation and we believe that this temporary solution will bring some relief <br /> to nearby residents," said Mayor Buttigieg. <br /> Residents in the area started experiencing water in their homes when the former ethanol plant <br /> went bankrupt and ceased operations. The plant had been pumping over six million gallons of <br /> water from the ground every day. <br /> Mayor Buttigieg also said he might be asking the Common Council for funding to assist with the <br /> operation of the pump until a full-time operator can take over the plant. <br /> Councilman Oliver Davis organized five meetings through the Public Works and Property <br /> Vacation Committee to address the issue. As the chairman of the committee, Councilman Davis <br /> consulted residents, other Council Members, and worked on the issue with Director of Public <br /> Works Eric Horvath, Chief of Staff Mike Schmuhl, and Gary Gilot, the former head of Public <br /> Works and the chairman of the Board of Public Works. <br /> "This is a good example of the City Administration and Common Council working together," <br /> added Mayor Buttigieg. <br /> 1400 COUNTY-CITY BUILDING•227 W.JEFFERSON BOULEVARD•SOUTH BEND,INDIANA 46601 <br /> PHONE 574/235-9261 • FAx 574/235-9892 • TTY 574/235-5567 <br />