Bypassing the section in need of repair
pipe is underway in Ventnor Heights
Repairs continue on ACUA’s force main in
Ventnor Heights where a small leak was originally detected in late March. Crews
have been working steadily to correct the issue. The sewer main conveys
wastewater flow from the Margate-Ventnor Pump Station located on Lafayette and
Wellington Avenues on the south side of the West Canal and continues all the
way to the ACUA treatment facility located in Atlantic City. The force main on Wellington Avenue handles
the majority of flow from Ventnor, Margate, Longport and the coastal portion of
Egg Harbor Township
This is not the first time that this
section of force main has undergone repairs. The current leak is associated
with a portion of the system that was used on a previous repair. Correcting the
issue requires bypassing the problem section which is the work now underway
between Harvard and slightly beyond Cambridge Avenues.
“As our sewer infrastructure ages, these problems tend to crop up,” said ACUA
President Rick Dovey. “The good news is that our crew has located a suitable bypass
point and as a result, the intensity of the repair effort will be
increased. However, it will not be
converted into a 24/7 operation, but rather a longer work day and possibly a
6-day work week will prevail. Once the bypass
is installed, the focus will shift to the permanent repair piping. This will take several weeks to
complete. Since the leak is under
control, we believe that working around the clock would have created additional
inconvenience. We’ll be working as
diligently as possible to minimize the inconvenience and complete the project
as rapidly as possible,” Dovey stated.
Neighbors near the intersection have been notified, as well
as the Ventnor Police Department.
“We don’t anticipate any road closures or further inconveniences,”
said Dovey. The neighbors have been incredibly understanding and it’s our
intention to wrap this up as quickly as possible,” Dovey added.
For more information, contact ACUA at (609) 272-6950.