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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Sewage ‘Bypass’ Operation After Center St. Leak

By James Lomuscio

A Westport sewer leak Monday near West Parish Road and Wagon Wheel Lane spilled 5,000 gallons of raw sewage into Muddy Brook and required 1,500-gallon pump trucks to work 10 hours straight hauling effluent from one pump station to the next until new pipe was laid, Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said today.

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All was quiet at the Center Street pump station at mid-afternoon today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The leak occurred near the Center Street pump station, which had to be shut down, the effluent trucked to the Green’s Farms pump station.

“In order to stop the leak, we had to shut the pump station off,” said Edwards, adding that had the effluent not been trucked to the Green’s Farms, raw sewage would have backed up into homes.

At peak flow, he said, 500 gallons per minute were coming into the Center Street station.

According to Edwards, a local resident spotted the effluent bubbling up around 2 p.m. and called the Police Department that in turn contacted the Department of Public Works.

Edwards’ department then engaged Kaiser Battistone, septic tank and plumbing contractors, that dispatched pump trucks that loaded and transported the sewage until the pipe was fixed around midnight, he said.

“When you develop a leak, you have to shut down the pump station to dig out the pipe, replace it, and refill it,” he said.

Edwards said that while the trucks worked nontop to prevent backups, about 5,000 gallons had already leaked into Muddy Brook.

“We’ve notified the state (Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) and the Conservation Commission,” he said.

About the transfer of effluent while the pipe was being replaced, Edwards compared it to “an old fashioned bypass routine.”

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