Project finds much muck

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Eight tonnes of ma­te­rial has been re­moved from sew­ers in re­cent weeks, as the coun­cil steps ups its main­te­nance pro­gramme.

Taupo¯ District Coun­cil staff say the ‘‘pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance’’ project is mak­ing good progress.

More than 545 sewer pipes in Aca­cia Bay and Taupo¯ have been in­spected and 37 man­holes have been cleared.

Op­er­a­tions man­ager Kevin Sears said work will be car­ried out on an­other 12 man­holes in the com­ing weeks.

‘‘Man­holes need to be ac­ces­si­ble and if they have been buried then we need to raise them to the sur­face to pro­vide quick and easy ac­cess for emer­gen­cies and to make main­te­nance eas­ier.’’

The coun­cil’s new ‘‘Sewer Line Rapid As­sess­ment Tool’’ has iden­ti­fied a num­ber of sewer mains that re­quire work too, he said.

‘‘We have now cleaned 86 of these – re­mov­ing eight tonnes of ma­te­rial in the process – and will be un­der­tak­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions of an­other 91.’’

The main prob­lems in sew­ers were caused by fats, wet wipes and tree roots, he said.

‘‘Wet wipes and other san­i­tary items need to be dis­posed of in your [rub­bish] col­lec­tion.

Fats and cook­ing oil should also be put in the rub­bish bin, af­ter wrap­ping in news­pa­per.

‘‘If it’s not pee, pa­per or poo, don’t put it down the loo.’’

Sears said the project will con­tinue for sev­eral years.

‘‘Wet wipes and other san­i­tary items need to be dis­posed of in your [rub­bish] col­lec­tion.’’ Kevin Sears

Sewer pipe as­sess­ment tools mea­sure the change in sound­waves go­ing through a pipe to mea­sure block­age.

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