Two sewer spills in four months at Trautwein Road and East Alessandro Boulevard in Riverside is driving much needed action by local officials.
On Tuesday, April 18th at 3 p.m., the Riverside City Council will meet and discuss the sewer main repair. According to reports, the council will consider options for proposed fixes. The council must decide whether to shore up the existing pipe by coating it with a special lining material; or, to pull a new line through the old one. This approach, a city report explained, would burst the existing pipe open and leave the new one in its place. The repair/replacement work is estimated to cost between $2.5 million and $3.5 million.
The sewer pipe originally ruptured last December and then again in mid-March. Officials estimate the pipeline transports about two million gallons of wastewater per day. On both occasions, waste spilled out and traffic was impacted.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Wastewater Management, sewage is dangerous to human health because it can carry bacteria, viruses, parasitic organisms, intestinal worms, and borroughs (inhaled molds and fungi). It also noted the diseases they may cause range in severity from mild gastroenteritis which causes stomach cramps and diarrhea to life-threatening ailments such as cholera, dysentery, infections hepatitis, and severe gastroenteritis.
Riverside’s sewer collection system consists of more than 820 miles of sewer lines that range in size from four inches to over 50 inches in diameter, some are more than 120 years old. Officials confirmed that although the pipeline in question has been in place for only half of its expected life—the pipe is failing and must be repaired.
The April 18 meeting will be held in the council chambers at Riverside’s City Hall, located at 3900 Main Street in downtown Riverside.