By Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester residents might notice unusual noises in their homes or crews working in the area within utility easements—including those on private property, but there is nothing to fear. It is all part of a program evaluating the condition of the city’s sanitary sewer system.
The evaluation by Duke’s Root Control, Inc., began the week of Sept. 13 and runs through the end of the month. Workers will access utility manholes within the right-of-way and on easements to conduct acoustic monitoring, which should last less than 30 minutes per manhole.
All workers have identification badges and are wearing company uniforms.
“The reason for the work is to ensure continuing uninterrupted sewer service in the area served by the Groveport lift station (located across from the municipal pool) and to assist in eliminating extraneous water from entering the system,” said Steve Smith, water reclamation superintendent. “The entire collection system for the station will be inspected and assessed using state of the art technologies. These technologies will assess and illustrate pipe and manhole condition, affirm flow capacities and alert the city in advance to any degradation that might one day cause sewer backups or other problems.”
According to Smith, inspection efforts will not impact household sewer use, cause backups or other plumbing inconvenience to residents. Residents will see crews throughout their neighborhoods inspecting utility manholes and there may be some minor traffic diversions while manholes located in streets are inspected and metered.
“If a manhole is located in an easement in a resident’s yard, they may see these crews going about their work,” said Smith. “The crews are well identified as employees of the contractor, Dukes, and are uniformed as such and wear proper credentials.”
Much of the work will finish by month’s end, including Saturday evaluations, but metering equipment will be left in place for a period of 30 to 90 days—dependent on weather—as metering needs to experience a one-inch rain or better to witness water intrusion during wet conditions.
“Once complete, this study will help us ensure proper sewerage to the community for years to come,” said Smith. “We appreciate our resident’s cooperation and patience as we have this vital work completed.”