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25/10/2018 5:00 p.m.
Friday 26 October, 2018
More than two
kilometres of wastewater pipes in Ashburton and Methven will be going under the
microscope during the next three weeks, with annual inspections starting on
Monday 29 October.
carried out by the Council’s contractor, InterGroup Ltd will check the
condition of the infrastructure and identify any maintenance issues that need
to be addressed. This information will be used to help develop the Council’s
wastewater pipe replacement programmes.
To complete the work,
the contractor will first water jet the pipes to clean them out, and then inspect
them with a CCTV camera that travels down the pipeline.
This year, 2.2
kilometres of pipes along Trellench Place/Digby Place, Pages, Walshs, Creek,
Woods, Racecourse and Belt Roads in Ashburton will be inspected, as well as 287
metres in Methven along Racecourse Avenue and Main Street.
Council Assets Manager
Andrew Guthrie says this year’s inspections will also help with sewer pipeline
“Later this year and
into the start of 2019, we’ll be relining some of our wastewater pipes. Before
we can do this, we need to be sure of the condition of the pipes, and where all
of the drains from houses and business are that connect to the system.
“Similar to how we
inspect the pipes to assess their condition, this particular work will also
involve finding all of the drains that are being used and putting a small
amount of dye in the gully traps to see where it comes into the sewermain using
the CCTV camera.”
This additional work
will be happening on a 620 metre stretch of Nelson Street in Ashburton between
the Eton and Trevors Road intersections. Just over 110 metres on Main Street in
Methven will be part of this project as well.
Letters have been sent
to residents in the areas where the wastewater pipe inspections will be
happening to notify them of the work.
The project is
expected to wrap up in late November.