Waste­water fix under way

Waikato Times - - News - CAITLIN MOORBY

It’s un­known how long the Glen­view waste­water pipe will be out of ac­tion and trucks are work­ing around the clock to en­sure sewage op­er­a­tions con­tinue as nor­mal as pos­si­ble.

A slip rup­tured the ma­jor waste­water pipe at the week­end.

Hamil­ton City Council spokesman Mike Neeves was in Bruce Av­enue yes­ter­day morn­ing, deal­ing with the prob­lem.

‘‘The waste­water ris­ing main pipe goes across and up the other side of the gully,’’ Neeves said.

‘‘A slip on the other side of the gully has forced the waste­water ris­ing main pipe to come apart.’’

The break­age hap­pened late on Satur­day night or early Sun­day, Neeves said.

It’s been wet and the gully is very steep on that side, he said.

A hol­low in the side of the bank can be seen on the other side of the gully. It looks as though ev­ery­thing is be­ing held up by the roots of a large pine tree.

Five vac­uum trucks are pump­ing out the waste from Bruce Av­enue, Neeves said.

‘‘The trucks are tanker­ing sewage out of the pump sta­tion wet-well and de­liv­er­ing it to an­other net­work com­pletely.’’

The pump sta­tion has been turned off for now, Neeves said.

Nor­mally, it would be pump­ing sewage out across the other side of the gully. There has been no im­pact to res­i­dents, he said.

How­ever, there were a few grum­bles from neigh­bours yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The hum of the trucks op­er­at­ing is con­stant, a res­i­dent said.

‘‘They’ve been here for more than 24 hours and we’ve had no one come and tell us what’s go­ing on – we don’t know what’s go­ing on. We can hear the trucks all hours of the night.’’

Neeves doesn’t know when sewage op­er­a­tions will re­turn to nor­mal.

It de­pends on how quickly a con­tac­tor is en­gaged, he said.

PHO­TOS: TOM LEE/STUFF

Right: A slip at the rear of a prop­erty in Der­mont Street, Bader.

Far right: The slip has rup­tured a waste­water pipe.

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