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Old pipes replaced to keep wastewater flowing

2 Dec 2011

Old pipes replaced to keep wastewater flowing

The pipes, pumps and piles of dirt in Childers Road will be there a little longer after Council’s upgrade of wastewater pipes has a hit a few hurdles. “We are replacing the wastewater pipes in Childers Road by the pumping station next to Te Wananga o Aotearoa campus, says wastewater team leader Helen Churton. “The pipes were first installed in 1921 and due to be replaced.”0

“The work is taking a little longer than expected. Groundwater entered the pipe after it fractured. This put extra pressure on the pipe and it has since collapsed affecting the operation of the pumping station. Residents shouldn’t notice any problems with their wastewater but the there will be minor disruption to traffic and our contractors Fulton Hogan will finish laying the pipe within 2 weeks. Any tidy up work should be completed before Christmas.”

“We have also been replacing wastewater pipes in Queens Road, Elgin as part of our spring/summer replacement programme. Contractors were diverted back to help with Childers Road. Queens Road residents can also expect that the work will be finished before Christmas.”

Wastewater pipes in Reads Quay have also been replaced and that work is nearly finished. The last pipes to be replaced this summer are in Haronga Road. This work will start in the new year.