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  • Bob McNamara, pump operator for the city of Arlington Heights, stands in knee-high storm water down almost 40 feet underground in the storm water station located on the border of Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect. He is getting ready to clean any debris that might clog the pumps impellers which will cause a flow problem and a possible backup.

       Bob McNamara, pump operator for the city of Arlington Heights, stands in knee-high storm water down almost 40 feet underground in the storm water station located on the border of Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect. He is getting ready to clean any debris that might clog the pumps impellers which will cause a flow problem and a possible backup.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Getting some sun, sunbathers enjoy their summer vacation on the Mount Prospect storm water station overflow structure, while Bob McNamara, Ed Kuhl and Jeff Musinski of the Arlington Heights inspect the retention pond making sure all the drains are clear after the most recent heavy rain.

       Getting some sun, sunbathers enjoy their summer vacation on the Mount Prospect storm water station overflow structure, while Bob McNamara, Ed Kuhl and Jeff Musinski of the Arlington Heights inspect the retention pond making sure all the drains are clear after the most recent heavy rain.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Geoff Smith, pump operator with Arlington Heights Public Works, climbs down over 50 feet underground at the Honeywell lift station for raw sewage, getting ready to work on a malfunctioning pump.

       Geoff Smith, pump operator with Arlington Heights Public Works, climbs down over 50 feet underground at the Honeywell lift station for raw sewage, getting ready to work on a malfunctioning pump.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Smith calls up to his fellow workers for equipment over 50 feet undergrround at the Honeywell lift station for raw sewage, working on a malfunctioning pump. This is a pump station located along Dundee Road which pushes the sewage along to its final destination.

       Smith calls up to his fellow workers for equipment over 50 feet undergrround at the Honeywell lift station for raw sewage, working on a malfunctioning pump. This is a pump station located along Dundee Road which pushes the sewage along to its final destination.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • McNamara climbs down almost 40 feet underground into the storm water station located on the border of Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect getting ready to clean out around the pumps.

       McNamara climbs down almost 40 feet underground into the storm water station located on the border of Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect getting ready to clean out around the pumps.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • McNamara slowly moves, unsticking one boot after another, through knee-high storm water.

       McNamara slowly moves, unsticking one boot after another, through knee-high storm water.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • McNamara works deep below street level, cleaning the pumps from all the twigs and debris. Doing so will keep the water flowing and out of the basements of the residents of Arlington Heights during the next heavy rainfall.

       McNamara works deep below street level, cleaning the pumps from all the twigs and debris. Doing so will keep the water flowing and out of the basements of the residents of Arlington Heights during the next heavy rainfall.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • McNamara, Jeff Musinski, superintendent of utilities and pump operator Ed Kuhl inspect the retention pond located on the border of Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights making sure all the drains are clear after the most recent heavy rain.

       McNamara, Jeff Musinski, superintendent of utilities and pump operator Ed Kuhl inspect the retention pond located on the border of Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights making sure all the drains are clear after the most recent heavy rain.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • McNamara stands in chocolate-colored storm water down almost 40 feet underground in the storm water station.

       McNamara stands in chocolate-colored storm water down almost 40 feet underground in the storm water station.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • McNamara uses a mirror and flashlight to clean away any debris that might clog the pumps impellers which will cause a flow problem.

       McNamara uses a mirror and flashlight to clean away any debris that might clog the pumps impellers which will cause a flow problem.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Pump operator Geoff Smith calls up to his fellow workers for equipment over 50 feet underground at the Honeywell lift station for raw sewage while working on a malfunctioning pump.

       Pump operator Geoff Smith calls up to his fellow workers for equipment over 50 feet underground at the Honeywell lift station for raw sewage while working on a malfunctioning pump.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • McNamara climbs down almost 40 feet underground into the storm water station.

       McNamara climbs down almost 40 feet underground into the storm water station.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • McNamara prepares to clean out around the pumps deep below the city.

       McNamara prepares to clean out around the pumps deep below the city.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • McNamara cleans up the pump pit in knee-high storm water underground in the storm water station.

       McNamara cleans up the pump pit in knee-high storm water underground in the storm water station.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Geoff Smith cleans out a malfunctioning pump 50 feet underground at the Honeywell lift station for raw sewage, using his hand to remedy the problem area.

       Geoff Smith cleans out a malfunctioning pump 50 feet underground at the Honeywell lift station for raw sewage, using his hand to remedy the problem area.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 

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