Two weeks after a sinkhole was discovered on Moss Mill Road in Galloway Township, sewer repairs are complete and Moss Mill Road has reopened. A decommissioned sewer line owned by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) was identified as causing the sinkhole near ACUA’s Smithville pumping station. As repairs on ACUA’s sewer system progressed, structural issues with Galloway Township’s sewer force main were also uncovered.
Crews battled extreme conditions during the repair process, including a high groundwater table thanks to recent heavy rain, and worked more than 29 feet below ground level. The depth of the excavation made safety a top priority.
“ACUA is sincerely grateful for the support it received from Galloway Township, Somers Point and Hammonton. Without their assistance, the repair of the collection system would not have proceeded as quickly as it did,” said ACUA Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer Maria Mento. “The cooperation among government was truly inspiring and lent an air of camaraderie to a difficult situation. ACUA would also like to thank the residents of Galloway Township who endured this detour and for their patience during the repair process,” said Mento.
The amount of flow into the Smithville pump station is approximately 1 million gallons per day. No sewage ever left the collection system, Mento noted, “and for this we are also grateful.”
With more than 60 miles of underground sewer lines and force main, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority wastewater collection system conveys more than 30 million gallons of wastewater to the Atlantic City facility each day.
“It’s not something most people ever think about, but when you have a breakdown in the system, you realize the vital role this systems plays in protecting our environment,” said Mento.