I crawled 20 feet underground into a million-gallon sewage holding tank

Tuesday Dec. 15, 2015

Echo! In the bowels of Elkhart, in the new, million-gallon underground sewage tank (before any sewage)

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Nothing like going 20 feet under the ground into a million-gallon sewage holding tank to hear the echo (see the short video clip above).

That’s what I did last week, after the formal inauguration of the new-and-improved parking lot above the tank and the reopening of a road that had been closed while the tank was installed. No better way to convey what the tank is like than to get inside and film away.

The visit to the tank, thankfully empty, wasn’t part of the formal itinerary. I asked a city rep and then a contractor rep and they gave the green light. First they dangled some sort of contraption down below to make sure there was no accumulated methane gas. Here’s the resulting story:

Who says infrastructure stories can’t be fun?

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