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PIERCE COUNTY: Sewage project poses danger

Letter by Richard L. Payne, University Place on July 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm | 13 Comments »
July 12, 2011 3:26 pm

I live near Chambers Creek Road where Pierce County’s sewer tunnel project is taking place. Raw sewage will be pumped from a tunnel 80 feet underground to two 24-inch plastic pipes above ground to bypass the sewer line. The raw sewage will be under pressure.

Chambers Creek Road is heavily traveled, and since the two plastic sewer lines are right next to the roadway I am concerned about the possibility of a vehicle crashing into them and causing a rupture. With any rupture and the sewage under pressure there is the potential for thousands of gallons of raw sewage to be pumped into the roadway to flow into neighboring streets and yards.

If this should happen late at night and were not immediately reported, my neighbors and I could wake up to find our homes surrounded by a sewage swamp. I think everybody near this section of Chambers Creek Road is at risk.

I have asked the project manager what provisions have been made to prevent damage from the outflow of sewage to my neighborhood should a rupture occur. I also asked what will be done to repair the damage from the sewage to my neighborhood.

I think these are both fair questions which myself and my neighbors are entitled to have answered, but have not received any reply.

For now, I ask everyone to drive safely on Chambers Creek Road and to remember what is in the pipes next to the road.

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