Officials seek public’s help in finding ‘phantom dumper’ disposing material in Orem sewer system

Unknown dumping creating problems for Orem's water system.

Unknown dumping creating problems for Orem's water system.

OREM, Utah — Orem officials are seeking the public’s help in find the person responsible for dumping a non-toxic material into the city’s sewer system.

On Tuesday, city officials announced they are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the “phantom dumper.”

The disposals have been occurring every week for the past few months, according to a press release from Orem City.  Authorities say the suspect is dumping a fibrous material into the sewer system, which is causing clogging and costing thousands of dollars.

While authorities have been searching for the “phantom dumper” the city is now offering a reward for information leading to the culprit.

“We need help to find out who is doing this,” said Orem Mayor Richard Brunst. “They are doing it on a regular basis and they are doing it to avoid their own cost, but at a very high cost to Orem ratepayers.”

Anonymous tips on the Phantom Dumper can be submitted to www.orem.org/phantom.