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Major Sewer Upgrade work continues

22 January 2004

Pipe-laying work for the new Pressure Main No 11 being carried out by the City Council as part of its $36 million Major Sewer Upgrade programme is nearing the next stage, taking the pipeline  from Hay Street across Linwood Avenue to Linwood Park.

This pipeline will eventually take the city’s wastewater from a new pumping station, to be built at the corner of Bass and Randolph streets, Linwood, to the Christchurch Wastewater Treatment Plant. It is one of 14 different reticulation upgrade projects to be completed citywide by 2010.

Major Sewer Upgrade project manager, Graham Williams, says work is planned to start in Linwood Avenue about late February reaching Linwood Park by  mid-March. The aim is to have the Linwood Park leg of the work completed by the end of April in the period between summer and winter sports.

Mr Williams says that high traffic volumes on Linwood Avenue means work will be carried out during off-peak hours, sometimes in the evenings. The work to date is running to schedule.

The Council has also lodged resource consent applications for  the new pumping station in Randolph Street.  Tenders for building the pumping station should be called about June or July for work to begin about October, he says.

More details about the Major Sewer Upgrade are available on the Council internet website

Background on the Major Sewer Upgrade

The Major Sewer Upgrade programme is the Council’s 10-year effort to upgrade the city’s wastewater reticulation system at a cost of $36 million to provide greater capacity and reduce the amount of wastewater overflow into the Heathcote and Avon rivers.

The programme includes some 14 different projects to be carried out citywide, to lay about 30km of new pipelines.

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