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The original item was published from 7/27/2015 8:35:22 AM to 8/25/2015 12:00:00 AM.

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Posted on: July 27, 2015

[ARCHIVED] New Sewer Pipe Doubles Capacity For Drainage Basin Around Hospital

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The Public Utilities Department is doubling the capacity of the sewer line serving the drainage basin that includes SBA Hospital and the neighborhood to the north and west of the the hospital. The original sewer line is more than half a century old, undersized and lies deep beneath Central Ave. The location and depth presented significant challenges to up-sizing the pipe. The City chose pipe bursting as the lowest cost and least invasive method of increasing the sewer line's capacity. Pipe bursting essentially bursts the old pipe by pulling a cutter head followed by the new large pipe through the old pipe, pushing the crushed pipe debris of the old pipe into the ground surrounding the pipe. The additional capacity should reduce the chance of sewer backups in extreme rain events.

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