Street & Wastewater: Working Together to Prevent Catastrophe

July 10th


During the week of June 11th, the Wastewater Department worked to fix a sinkhole in Camellia Estates. This problem was discovered due to routine maintenance and fixing the sinkhole further up Wisteria Road. Wastewater crews viewed the line with the camera in our camera truck.

Residents are responsible for the line from their house to the City's main sewer line. In this instance, the City had an issue with the main pipe. It had broken, which pulls or allows dirt and debris to fall down into the sewer main. This creates a void above the line, which will over time create a sinkhole. In this case, it had not developed into a sinkhole so it was fortunate that the problem was detected early.

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While fixing the main line, this lateral from a residence had to be cut off and later replaced.

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A trench box is constructed for safety purposes. This one, shown from inside the hole, is approximately 8 feet deep.

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Crews have dug down to the main. That pipe-looking apparatus is the HydroJet vacuum.

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Rick Teague and Lonnie Bowen talking with Ricky Piller as they wait for vacuuming to be completed.

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Garrett West tearing out the old pipe in order to put in the new.

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Street Department employee David Gardner helping out.

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Excavating hole down to the broken main.

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Jody Fuller and Garrett West vacuuming out the hole.

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Jody Fuller and Garrett West vacuuming out the hole.

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David Gardner in wait mode.

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View of main line breakage.

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City sewer main made of clay pipe.

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Problem fixed. Backfilling with gravel, which does not shift like dirt will. Wastewater uses gravel when they are down 10 feet or deeper.

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Laterals back to residences, hooked back in, cuts made and elbowed.

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Hooked back to main.

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Covering laterals (Ricky Piller).

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Finished product. Street was paved today, July 10th.

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