Repair work on a decommissioned sewer line owned by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) uncovered structural issues with Galloway Township’s sewer force main last week. Work by both the ACUA to repair decommissioned sewer line and by Galloway Township to reconnect the force main are progressing successfully.
“The repair required a concrete encasement at the bottom of the excavation, more than 25 feet underground,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “The concrete needs to cure before the hole can be filled back in.”
When this step is completed, the excavated area will be backfilled and work on the new connection to the Galloway Township force main will be completed. Existing road closures are anticipated to remain in place during the coming week, while crews complete the final stage of the permanent repair, road restoration and clean up.
“Everyone involved in the repair work has really gone the extra mile to try to solve this problem as quickly and safely as possible,” said Dovey. “The collaborative work between Galloway Township and other entities involved reflects everyone’s commitment to getting the system functioning properly, as quickly as possible. We want to minimize the inconvenience and disruption caused by the detour, while ensuring this essential service is operating safely.” Dovey noted.