More homes flooding on Ogden’s east bench, water source unknown

Posted at 9:03 PM, Jul 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-10 00:08:04-04

OGDEN, Utah -- Alison Lundell spent the day cutting holes in the floor of her basement.

"I'm switching a sump pump between three holes constantly," she said.

The flooding in her basement began on June 28. Now, a half-dozen homes in her east Ogden neighborhood are taking in water as well.

"We've lived over here 47 years and we've never had anything like this before," Karl Marriott said.

Mark and Sally Heppler had almost finished renovating the basement of the home they own on Douglas Street when a tiny trickle then a slow seep began.

"It keeps coming and coming," Sally Heppler said.

Many in the neighborhood suspect the source of the water to be one of two sets of underground pipes. One set delivers secondary water and is owned by Pineview Water Systems. They tell FOX 13 News they've tested their lines, and found no evidence of a leak. Additionally, they have issued a press release regarding the situation, in which they detail their efforts and findings.

The press release, the full text of which is embedded at the bottom of this story, states in part: "All indications are that this is ground water from the mountains to the East... As always Pineview Water Systems has responded quickly and thoroughly to the problem and has eliminated all possibilities we can think of that might indicate that our system is contributing to the situation."

The other set of water lines deliver the culinary water that comes the city of Ogden. They plan to test their lines using special equipment when it becomes available on July 15.

Frustrated homeowner Jessica Smith is disappointed by the wait.

"As big an entity as Ogden City is, you'd think they'd have their own equipment for this but apparently not," she said.

She said the city did, however, take a water sample Thursday morning, and got a "positive pink" result for Chloride.

"That tells us the water is chlorinated, which typically is culinary water," Smith said. "All along, Ogden City has said it's not our water because it's not chlorinated. Now it's positive. Now they're backtracking and saying well, 'It's not always an exact science, it's a false positive because our employee didn't know what he was doing.'"

PRESS RELEASE Douglas Pineview Water Systems July 9 2015