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Working with the community to reduce wastewater in the Avon
Immediately after the earthquakes, undiluted sewage seeping from broken wastewater pipes posed a significant health risk for the people of Christchurch.
In emergency situations, such as this, the only alternative is to pump this waste into the river. This dilutes the sewage and transports it away from the city.
Work is underway to repairs these breaks and restore the health of our rivers. One of the ways that the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team has done this is by installing temporary wastewater pump stations.
In Avonside Drive, a temporary wastewater pump station is being connected to an alternative working manhole on Cardrona Street via a 50 mm plastic pipe. This pipe will run under and overland and through three private properties.
The Macdow Fletcher communication team, working as part of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild project, liaised with property owners to ensure they were comfortable with the work taking place. It was important to ensure the placement of the overland portion of the pipeline did not inconvenience residents.
The team are grateful for the co-operation of the affected residents. Overall, the residents were happy to play a part in helping to keep wastewater out of the Avon River. It is great when the rebuild team is able to work alongside residents to ensure a good outcome for the city, and this is exactly what this project will achieve.
Installation of underground and overland pipes.
Overland pipes passing through private property.
Published: 23 September 2011