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City of Kingston
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 16, 2013
Mayor Shayne R. Gallo announced that on Monday, July 9, 2013 a Sanitary Sewer Overflow to the Twaalfskill Creek was confirmed through water sampling and testing. Disinfection of the contaminated discharge was immediately instituted by means of chlorine injection.
The sewer overflow was initially thought to be a result of soil loss in the vicinity of the Tannery Brook Shaft where much work has been focused over the past several years, however, after identifying a new sinkhole adjacent to Gilead Street, and failing to clear the obstruction by means of water jetting this past Saturday, a pipe collapse was confirmed through the use of remote inspection equipment, sewer camera. The location of the pipe collapse is that section of 24” diameter sewer pipe between the terminus of the Washington Avenue Tunnel and the Wilber Avenue Sanitary Sewer.
At this time, manpower and equipment is being mobilized to first, bypass the sanitary sewer overflow from the stormwater outfall wherein it currently flows, to the Wilber Avenue Sanitary Sewer, and then to complete needed repairs. Workmen have been authorized to work continuously until the sanitary overflows are contained.
This work is separate and distinct from ongoing efforts on Washington Avenue just south of the Linderman Avenue intersection, where relining of the sanitary sewer conduit located below the stormwater conveyance conduit is scheduled for the week of September 23, 2013.