SORRENTO — The Town Council agreed to ask an engineering firm to proceed on an emergency basis to identify and solve the town’s persistent sewer troubles after a filtration system pump failed again last week.

Councilman Randy Anny said during Tuesday’s council meeting that one of the two pumps at the town’s Cypress Street lift station broke Aug. 11 after pumping water clogged with debris and garbage.

The blockages in the water lines sent sewage into manholes, ditches and homes along Braud and Johnson streets, he said.

At issue is whether 10-horsepower motors or 15-horsepower motors are needed for the lift station.

Currently, there are 10-horsepower motors in the lift station, but the lift station blueprints call for 15-horsepower motors, said Kenny Matassa, of Ascension Parish’s utilities department.

Matassa recommended the Town Council submit a task order to an engineering company to determine which type of motor would be best for the lift station.

At least seven aerators in the town’s sewer pond have also been clogged with silt and need to be replaced, Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr. said.

Town officials have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years trying to repair the problematic sewer system, officials have said.

During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, the town spent $300,000 in utility reserve funds for sewer improvements, according to a Faulk & Winkler LLC accountant who presented an audit of the town in December.

Town officials also say a trailer park outside town limits has caused excess strain on the Cypress Street lift station.

Visibly frustrated, Anny said on Tuesday, “I’m not going to let this happen one more time.”

Other business considered by the council included:

SEWER STATION: The council asked Town Attorney Karl L. Scott to determine if developers Renaissance Orange Grove LLC, Wastewater Treatment Utilities Inc. or the town government must maintain the sewer station at Orange Grove subdivision on La. 22 west of Interstate 10.

Longanecker said until the confusion is resolved, the town will operate the station.