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Temporary pipe put in place while sewer line is replaced

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Crews had to quickly set up a temporary pipe Wednesday afternoon along Central and Davol streets and down Broadway after a valve broke at the pumping station at the base of Central Street.
A pipe nearly 2,000 feet long was laid along the sidewalk and across Anawan Street, forcing the closure of that street from Broadway to Water Street. Repairs should be complete by the end of today at the latest, said administrator of public utilities Terrance Sullivan.
Workers at the Central Street Sewer Pumping Station — one of the city’s largest — noticed water &squirting” out of the valve early Wednesday morning, Sullivan said. The small leak was enough to indicate a problem and the station decided to shut down the pump before the situation could get worse, he said.
&We took action to avoid full failure,” Sullivan said, adding that if the break worsened, sewage could have spilled into the river. There was no break in service to customers.
The bypass pipe was set up to draw sewage from the station to a manhole on Broadway at the ramp from Route 79. From the manhole, the sewage will flow with the help of gravity to the Bay Street wastewater treatment facility.
Most of the pipe, brought in by a private contractor, is on sidewalks but a part of Anawan Street was closed for the pipe, about 18 inches in diameter, to cross the roadway. The road was first closed at 6 p.m. Wednesday, when crews began working through the night at the pump station.
The pump station, a tan brick building under the Braga Bridge, is one of 14 in the city. Most are small and serve residential areas, Sullivan said. The repair will be expensive but Sullivan didn’t have an estimate, saying his focus is on repairing the station.
Mayor Robert Correia asked for the public’s patience during the repairs and called the work &necessary for the protection of the environment.”
With the bypass pipe, crews are able to shut down the station to repair the valve, which Sullivan said deteriorated to the point of breaking. The station was last updated with new equipment in 1978, he said. In Sullivan’s 20 years on the job, he’s never seen a valve failure of this magnitude, he added.
By early Thursday afternoon, pumps at the Central Street station were turned back on. &It’s a very good sign,” Sullivan said. &Things are going as planned.”

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