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Raw Sewage, St Croix 2011

Figtree Force Main Experiencing Problems, Area Being Excavated

By Source Staff — February 25, 2011

The V.I. Waste Management Authority advises St. Croix residents that a leak in the Figtree force main sewer line that runs along Hess Road has been discovered. Corrective measures are currently being taken to minimize the environmental impact to the surrounding areas. The authority’s task force contractor, GEC LLC, is currently evaluating the situation and excavation of the area will commence on Friday, Feb. 25, to assess the situation. Until the area is excavated, the extent of the problem will not be known.

Traffic in the area of Hovensa along Hess Road will be minimally impacted. Motorists are asked to reduce vehicular speed when entering the area and to adhere to the directives of the flagmen.

In order to repair the force main line, the station was taken off-line on Friday morning. During the shutdown, sewage will bypass into the Figtree Gut, which discharges to the sea east of Hovensa.

Residents and boaters are asked to avoid the Figtree Gut and the Hovensa beach area over the next several days until the repairs are completed and the system is back on line.

The VIWMA advises all residents with impacted immune systems to avoid the area along the Hess Road and the beach during this time as the sewage may contain contaminants that will negatively impact one’s health.

The authority apologizes for any inconvenience that this project may cause while it works diligently to upgrade and improve the sewer system in this area.

For more information, contact VIWMA’s Office of Communications Management at 712-4950 or 712-4951.

 

Sewer Leak Causes Figtree Evacuation

By Source staff — February 25, 2011

A leak in the Figtree force main sewer line that runs along the Hess Road has forced the evacuation of the surrounding area and posed environmental hazard for area residents and boaters for the next several days, the V.I. Waste Management Authority reported.

The authority’s Task Force Contractor, GEC LLC, was evaluating the situation and excavating the area Friday afternoon to determine the extent of the problem.

In order to repair the force main line, the station was taken off-line Friday morning. During the shutdown, sewage is being bypassed into the Figtree Gut, which discharges to the sea east of Hovensa.

Residents and boaters are asked to avoid the Figtree Gut and the Hovensa beach area over the next several days until repairs are completed and the system is back online.

Traffic in the area of Hovensa along Hess Road has been minimally impacted, VITEMA said in its news release. Motorists are asked to reduce speed when entering the area and to follow the directions of the flagmen.

The VIWMA advises all residents with impacted immune systems to avoid the area along the Hess Road and the beach during this time as the sewage may contain contaminants that can harm an individual’s health.

 

DPNR warns against Christiansted beaches

Daily News Staff)
Published: February 5, 2011

The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources is advising residents to be cautious when visiting beaches at Christiansted Harbor until further notice.

The beaches in that area that DPNR monitors did not have elevated bacterial levels, but the V.I. Waste Management Authority’s LBJ Pump Station is bypassing wastewater over Long Reef, according to the DPNR’s weekly beach report issued Friday.

The DPNR’s Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program evaluates water quality each week at 43 popular swimming beaches throughout the territory.

With the exception of Johnson’s Bay on St. John, the monitored beaches met water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing during the week of Jan. 31 through Friday.

DPNR will continue to monitor the impacted areas and waters.

For more information about water quality, call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 in St. Croix.

For information about the LBJ Pump Bypass, contact the Waste Management Authority at 712-4950.
Read more: http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/dpnr-warns-against-christiansted-beaches-1.1100292#ixzz1FN1YWqIr

Repairs Force WMA to Divert Sewage Over Long Reef

By Source Staff — January 18, 2011

The LBJ sewer system pump station will be taken offline Wednesday and sewage temporarily pumped into the sea for 10 days while a V.I. Waste Management Authority contractor finishes part of the work to replace the LBJ sewer force main, according to the WMA.

VIWMA is advising residents of the LBJ Housing Community and surrounding areas to avoid groundwater in the area as it may be contaminated with sewage.

Contractor GEC is doing the work, which includes:
– Shutting down of the LBJ Pump Station and pumping over Long Reef for roughly 10 days;
– Connecting the newly installed 24-inch force main to the existing system;
– Replacing the flow meter and stand pipe at the pump station; and
– Cleaning the pump station’s wet well.

To complete this work, the LBJ Pump Station will be placed offline Wednesday and will remain offline until Jan. 27th.

According to VIWMA, this is being conducted in accordance and in compliance with the Authority’s Territorial Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit and notification has been provided to the regulatory agencies as required.

This phase of work began with the replacement of a portion of the force main from the LBJ Pump Station, south along the access road and then east along Route 751, which runs adjacent to the LBJ Housing Community toward the WAPA Richmond Plant.

Workers installed roughly 1,300 linear feet of 24-inch PVC piping parallel to the existing force main line.

Once the sewer line work is complete, workers will repair the roadway, sidewalk or road apron, according to VIWMA.

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