The Dominion Post

More pipe repairs for Island Bay

- Joel MacManus

Island Bay residents are being told to expect three months of foul odours due to maintenanc­e work on a major sewerage pipe.

It’s another kick in the guts for a community that suffered through months of the ‘‘overpoweri­ng’’ stench of sewage after extensive damage was found in a pipe deep beneath Wellington in 2020.

Two 4-metre-deep excavation­s will be dug into the road at the corner of Adelaide Rd and Dover St, so crews can remove, refurbish, and reinstall valves on a large sewerage pipe.

The work, which began on Monday, will continue until early July. Traffic is not expected to be affected but residents in the area received letters warning there may be constructi­on noise and odour.

‘‘The pipes we are opening up convey sludge so there may be odour at times, but we endeavour to minimise this. We’ll ensure the pipes are all sealed at the end of each day,’’ Wellington Water community engagement manager Anna Hughes said.

Island Bay Residents Associatio­n chair Ben Everist said residents were ‘‘fed up and frustrated’’ with the constant constructi­on and smells.

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