Repair work to a decommissioned gravity fed sewer line owned by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) has uncovered structural issues with Galloway Township’s sewer force main. The discovery was made when ACUA crews prepared to temporarily relocate Galloway’s force main to complete repairs to the ACUA’s decommissioned line, 29 feet below ground level. The original issue with ACUA’s line caused a sinkhole to appear on the side of Moss Mill Road late last Friday, near ACUA’s Smithville pump station. The Galloway force main feeds into the ACUA’s regional wastewater collection system.
“Township engineers and sewer department staff have been on the scene around the clock,” said Galloway Township Manager Arch Liston. “We were not expecting to uncover an issue with our own force main, but in a way, it’s a blessing. Our engineers are currently assessing the situation. Additional detours may be required if it is determined that the extent of the deteriorated force main goes beyond Moss Mill Road. As soon as we have more information on this, we’ll be sharing it with the public,” said Liston.
“Galloway Township and other entities involved have been amazing partners during ACUA’s repair work, and we hope to be able to reciprocate as Galloway Township works to resolve this issue,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “Although wastewater infrastructure isn’t something people think about a lot, these kinds of situations are good reminders of the essential role these systems play in protecting public health and our sensitive environment,” Dovey added.