Sewer work might smell

HELEN HARVEY
Last updated 09:49 17/03/2014

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Work to improve safety at the Mangati sewage pump station in Bell Block may cause a bit of a stink.

At the end of this week work will begin on replacing the small access hatch to the pump station's wet-well with two larger ones.

Manager projects Andrew Barron said the work will allow better access for maintenance and improve safety of the operators.

There may be a problem with odour while the work is being carried out but the improvements are expected to help reduce odour from the pump station over the long term.

Mangati Walkway users will be moved from the concrete path to the grass verge near the pump station for about two weeks at the start of the project, Mr Barron said.

 "The new access holes lead to the pump station's wet-well so it will be smelly from time to time during this work, mainly in the first and last week of the project. There will also be some loud construction noise, such as concrete cutting at the start of the work.

"We apologise in advance for any inconvenience, and the contractor will try to keep any problems to a minimum - including using odour control measures."

The work will take up to eight weeks to finish and will take place between 7.30am and 5pm Mondays to Fridays.

The Council has advised nearby residents about the project by letter and a door knock

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