Thursday, July 17, 2008
City issues emergency order to fix sewer
By SUE WATSON
A large sewer line pipe that is starting to separate under Falconer in front of the fire station was the subject of an emergency order request by John Collins, general manager of Holly Springs Utility District.
The sewer line at Falconer from Memphis to Alderson is buried about 30 feet below ground and will not be easily dug up, Collins said during a meeting of the mayor and board of aldermen July 1. He recommended the board of aldermen issue an emergency order to get a company to come clean and slipline the old pipe.
A sewer line on Chulahoma from Memphis Street to Craft is also having problems, Collins said. Both jobs involve sliplining about 1,000 feet at a cost of $38.50 a foot or $38,500 total.
“The longer we wait, the worse the problem will be to the sewer system on Falconer,” he said.
He said roots were growing through drains at a residence on Chulahoma Avenue, causing sewage to back up into a residence there.
Collins said the same company that was contracted to handle the Chatham Heights Sewer Project has agreed to take on this extra work at the same bid price in their contract.
“No contractor would bid on Falconer,” he said. “It was 30 feet deep and would cost $300 a foot.”
The board issued the emergency order to take care of the sewer repairs.
A process to repair collapsing sewer mains called sliplining usually requires little or no digging up of streets.
A camera is used to locate the area where pipes have separated, collapsed or where roots have grown into the sewer main. The rubble is brought out through a manhole. Then a slip is placed within the main, expanded with air and chemically treated to set up and harden the slip. The diameter of the pipe, using the slipline repair method, is slightly smaller than the original.
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