Project finds much muck
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.