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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Sewer leak halted, repairs to start

  • An estimated 190,000 gallons of raw sewage flowed into Sandy Creek
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    The breach in the broken sewer main has been bypassed and crews were working Wednesday afternoon to come up with a plan for a permanent repair of the broken pipe.
    City Manager Craig Jones said the bypass was completed Tuesday night at 8 p.m., a video camera was passed through the pipe Wednesday to locate the leak and help crews figure out the best way to fix it.
    The pipe, either a 15-inch or 18-inch main, ruptured sometime Tuesday morning, Jones said.
    It poured an estimated 190,000 gallons of raw sewage into Sandy Creek at a point just east of Highway 119.
    Workers at the wastewater treatment plant about a mile east of the break noticed a drop in inflow to the plant and surmised their was a leak, Jones said, and a public works employee later discovered its location.
    Jones said the cleanup was completed early today after city employees removed the paper debris fromm the spill that ended up in Sandy Creek.
    The rest of the sewage soaked into the creek bed and sunlight and the soil will kill the bacteria, Jones said.
    The repair costs will not affect the city's general fund, Jones said.
    It will either be repaired through the city's sewer fund or could be covered by insurance, Jones said.
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