Sewer manhole repair at Meadow Creek

Excavation next to the leaking manhole. Pumps kept the groundwater from filling the hole too quickly.

Excavation next to the leaking manhole. Pumps kept the groundwater from filling the hole too quickly.

Last week, Whiteland public works employees excavated and patched a leaky manhole on the north side of the Meadow Creek subdivision.

This manhole had been identified to have a significant amount of groundwater infiltration earlier this year.

A "before" photo of the interior of the manhole, showing groundwater pouring in from around the sewer pipe.

A “before” photo of the interior of the manhole, showing groundwater pouring in around the sewer pipe.

A patch placed on the inside of the manhole was unable to prevent the leak due to the high pressure of incoming water. Because of this, it was necessary to dig down next to the manhole and patch the leak from the outside.

This repair has reduced the amount of extraneous water in the sewer system by an estimated 20,000 gallons per day! The reduction in infiltration on rainy days will likely be even more.

For comparison, a typical single-family home generates about 10,000 gallons of wastewater per month, meaning that this one leak was equivalent to more than 50 homes.

The Whiteland wastewater department is constantly monitoring the sewer system to identify and repair conditions such as this one in order to provide customers the best service possible.

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