Hur­lock coun­cil ap­proves $1 mil­lion wastew­a­ter pipe­line re­place­ment

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­

HUR­LOCK — Hur­lock’s town coun­cil at its meet­ing Mon­day, March 26, ap­proved the town ad­min­is­tra­tor’s re­quest to start work on re­plac­ing a fail­ing main line lead­ing to the town’s wastew­a­ter treat­ment plant.

The project’s cost is roughly es­ti­mated at about $900,000; the coun­cil ap­proved that plus a 10 per­cent con­tin­gency if needed, bring­ing the to­tal to nearly $1 mil­lion.

Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor John Avery first re­ported at the town’s March 12 meet­ing the pipe, nearly a mile long, had sprung a leak. At the March 26 meet­ing, he said the leak had been patched, but the pipe was found to be rusted and pos­si­bly cracked, and needed to be re­placed as soon as pos­si­ble.

Avery rec­om­mended start­ing the pre­lim­i­nary en­gi­neer­ing now, to try to get ahead of the pipe’s in­evitable fail­ure. He said it would take about six months to com­plete en­gi­neer­ing, put the project out to bid and award a con­tract.

“We should start now, so if we do have a cat­a­strophic fail­ure, we’re al­ready work­ing on it,” Aver y said.

Avery said he would start look­ing for grants and loans to fund it.

“I will pur­sue any po­ten­tial fund­ing, but oth­er­wise (the town) may be foot­ing the bill on that,” Avery said.

Avery said the pipe han­dles all of the town’s wastew­a­ter, about 1.75 mil­lion gal­lons on an av­er­age week­day, and 600,000 to 700,000 gal­lons per day on the week­end.

“All of the town’s sewage goes through that pipe, ev­ery bit of it,” he said.

The 3/4-in. iron pipe has been eroded over the past 50 years by the acid­ity of the gas cre­ated by the sewage pass­ing through it, Aver y said.

The en­tire pipe will have to be re­placed at once, Avery said.

“We don’t take it out lit­tle by lit­tle,” he said. “We have to es­sen­tially in­stall (the new one) and then make a con­nec­tion.” Avery said it is pos­si­ble a tem­po­rary line may be placed first, to di­vert the wastew­a­ter while the new pipe is be­ing in­stalled.

Coun­cilmem­ber Earl Mur­phy made a mo­tion to ap­prove Avery’s re­quest, which was unan­i­mously ap­proved. “This is a main artery,” said Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Charles Cephas. “This is not some­thing we can de­bate on; it has to be done. We have to get the cre­ative juices flowing to get it done as fast as pos­si­ble.”

The coun­cil also voted unan­i­mously to re­place a fail­ing heat pump at the train sta­tion, and to award a con­tract to re­place the roof on a build­ing used by the Boy Scouts.

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