The City of Steinbach has announced that the annual sewer cleaning and televising program is underway, noting that over the next week, more than 6,000 metres of pipe will be cleaned and televised.
The work is routine preventative maintenance of the sanitary sewer system. Sections to be cleaned are determined based on information gained during monthly inspections, last cleaning or televising date, and critical level of service. The pipes are cleaned by a high-pressure flushing system that runs fresh water through the lines to clear away any sedimentary deposits. Vacuum trucks pick up water and sediments further down the line. A remote-controlled self-propelled camera vehicle is then sent through to inspect the line and ensure that the pipes are clean and the infrastructure is in good condition.
Affected residents will receive a courtesy notification on their door before their street is worked on. The work may take place anytime during the two days following receipt of the notice. If any problems are identified, another notice will be given at that time. The City thanks all residents in advance for their cooperation with the maintenance of our waste water infrastructure.
Affected streets, with possible additions coming, are listed below:
- Hespeler Street
- Hanover Street (House #554 to Hespeler)
- Goosen Avenue
- PTH 52 West (Birch Auto to First Street)
- Hanover Street (House #321 – #551)
- Barkman Avenue (Henry to Penner)
- William Street
- Lumber Avenue
- Second Street
- Reimer Avenue (Brandt to Main Street)
- Fernwood Bay
- Friesen Avenue
- Autumnwood Drive
- Westwood Street
- Greenwood Street
- Home Street North
If your street is listed above, you will receive notice before the work takes place. Homeowners should take the following precautions:
- Cover all toilet bowls (under the lid) with saran wrap to prevent water from spraying in some cases where the vent might be plugged or the main lines are extremely dirty.
- Sinks and Bathtubs – Insert the plugs (in all sinks and bathtubs).
- Floor Traps in the Basement – Place a piece of plastic under the cover and put something heavy on top of the trap.
- Odours: If you experience an unpleasant odour in your house after the flushing process, run some water in all sinks with traps, flush the toilet, pour some water into the floor trap in the basement and open the windows for a short period of time. This should eliminate the odour.
Sewer lines on some other streets may be cleaned if time and budget allow. Houses along those streets will be notified a day or two before their street is worked on.
For more information on the City of Steinbach’s sewer cleaning inspection program, visit steinbach.ca.
Should you require any further information, please contact the City’s Waterworks Department at 204-346-6211, between 8am and 5 pm. After 5pm, calls can be made to 204-346-6232. If you do not get an answer, please leave a message with your contact information so that a staff member can call you back.