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Tawa sewage debacle nearing an end

Aug 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

tawa-mainTWO months’ disruption with heavy machinery, and dug-up, blocked-off road and footpaths, will soon end for residents of Tawa’s Oxford St.

Sewerage pipe renewal began after residents complained of blocked and leaking toilets, especially toilets in the basements of houses, says Wellington water management project manager, Rufino Guinto.

The $750,000, 12-week Wellington City Council project meant removing and replacing sewerage pipes to more than 40 households.

Rufino says it is an urgent job. Oxford St is a busy street, with a primary school, kindergarten, Woolworths and access to the Tawa railway station and college.

The sewerage pipes are 60 to 80 years old.

Mr Guinto says for this kind of job Wellington City Council health regulations and procedures must be followed.  They check there is no gas from the sewage and that sewage does not flow into stormwater drains.

Temporary pipes were put into place for sewage to flow into a tank before the work began, says Mr Guinto.

Floyd Sao, foreman for contractors Ground Works, says the job is at the stage of hooking sewerage lateral pipes to the homes.

He says work slowed because they had to wait for the school day to end before working in the grounds.

Councillor Ngaire Best says the project has gone according to schedule.

The project was funded via the city council’s annual plan, in which the infrastructure budget account for drainage, waste water and water supply capital expenditure is $8 million to $10 million.

The council hired Sinclair Knight Consultants to investigate the problem, and then its own Wellington water management team reviewed the consultants’ report.

Director Stavros Michael, of Wellington and Hutt City Council-owned Capacity Infrastructure Services Ltd (trading as Capacity), approved the project.

Mr Guinto says at the end of the project, inspection is carried out by water management and Sinclair Knight.

According to Mr Sao, the public, parents and children have been helpful and co-operative.

Jason Ward, a teacher at Tawa Primary School, says the project has been educational, as the kids enjoy watching the road works.

Toni Flemming, from Tawa Central Kindergarten, says it has created an interest with the children, but a parking problem for the parents.

A resident who asked not to be named says the workers are doing a good job. They have worked in atrocious conditions and have kept the road clean and tidy, he says.

PICTURE: Foreman Floyd Sao says work is at the final stages.

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