Hurlock council approves $1 million wastewater pipeline replacement
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.