Wastewater fix under way
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.
Right: A slip at the rear of a property in Dermont Street, Bader. Far right: The slip has ruptured a wastewater pipe.