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Cherry Orchard's sewage flow

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District’s civil case against the property managers at Cherry Orchard is based on the property’s lack of a legally functioning sewage system. (See related story

From the diagram  below, sewage lines from buildings 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 feed into a main sewage discharge  line, which flows into a neighboring farmer’s tile and then into a creek. Building 7 has an aerobic unit – or a mini mechanical treatment plant. This unit is not working properly.

Building 5, or what’s known as the Jones Building, has two mechanical treatment plant units - one on the north side and one on the south side. These units are also not working properly.

This means that when raw sewage goes in , raw sewage comes out. In a properly maintained and functioning aerobic unit, sewage would be treated before it is released to the main discharge  line.

As noted on the diagram, Building 5 shares a main discharge  line with the other buildings and therefore releases raw sewage into the farmer’s tile and then into a creek.

Health officials are concerned that these nonfunctioning sewage systems will cause major health problems for the tenants who live there and the people they may come into contact with.

The only functioning sewage system is at building 6- a small A-frame type of building. Building 1’s sewage system is unknown.

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