Friday, January 6, 2012
Wellsville Sewage Forced Main Line Break Declared An Emergency
Thursday – January 5: Wellsville's much talked about forced main sewage line was Mayor Susan Haugh's first declared emergency repair job. While doing his routine morning inspections of the village's sewage pump stations yesterday Plant Manager Greg Stewart discovered a leak at the 2nd Street station. Wellsville has two pump stations that move raw sewage to the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). One is located near the flood wall at 2nd Street and the other is at the lower end of the village. Stewart manages the STP for United Water. United Water is the contract operator for the plant. Stewart or his assistant routinely checks both of them daily.
Installed sometime during the 1950s decade the aging forced main has been a replacement project on the front burner looking for funding to become available. Line breaks have become a routine matter the last few years along the line. The line runs from the 2nd Street pump station to the STP, mostly along the riverside. Although not successful Village officials have been looking for grant funding for the past few years to replace the line. Having already been engineered it is shelf ready as soon as public works funds loosen up for such projects.
With raw sewage flowing onto the ground fixing the break was declared an emergency. Allison Contracting was called in to do the repairs. The Mayor reported the leak was located and repaired around 5 AM this morning. The line is 13 feet underground and the wet ground proved challenging while excavating. The break was located practically in the same spot where recent digging took place that left the soil already loosened. As of late this morning workmen were filling the hole back in.
Pictured here is Mayor Haugh checking the progress and conferring with owner Noah Allison of Allison Contracting late Thursday afternoon as preparations for digging was being done.
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