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Important information about protecting the Christchurch wastewater system

Thursday, March 21, 2013   Posted in: Earthquake By: Administrator With tags: earthquake recovery

Wastewater systems are vulnerable to infiltration (of water) and debris (soil, stones, and broken pipe pieces) as a result of private wastewater lateral pipes being damaged or in poor condition. High levels of groundwater and debris can cause damage to the wastewater system, and the wastewater treatment plant.

Is your private wastewater lateral damaged?

People need to take responsibility for checking their own drains.  If they leave it until something goes wrong, it will be more difficult to tell if it's EQ damage or existed prior to the earthquakes and they may not be eligible for an EQ or insurance claim.

Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) has produced a series of information sheets for Christchurch residents.  These are available in English, Chinese, Korean and Samoan.

Download the information sheets to find out more about lateral wastewater pipe damage.

Christchurch City Council is encouraging property owners who are connected to a gravity system to get their home or business private lateral inspected to identify any damage.

You can also contact the Christchurch City Council on 941 8999 for further information or assistance.