Work to repair a collapsed 1-metre wide sewer, which has led to a large sinkhole developing at Appley, will take several weeks to complete, according to Southern Water.
The utility company says that engineers have been working hard on the situation since Monday, with temporary pumps and tankers drafted in from the mainland. However, due to the depth and complex nature of the repair, the work will take several weeks to complete.
It’s said that the collapsed sewer carries all of Ryde’s wastewater and stormwater – a critical part of the infrastructure allowing residents to use the bathroom.
From Monday, a temporary pipe is to be laid along the sea wall to allow pumps and tankers to be stood down. Pedestrian access will be maintained though.
In a statement, a spokesperson has said:
“The 1 metre wide sewer pipe carries all of Ryde’s wastewater and storm water, so tankers and temporary pumps have been drafted in to maintain flow. These are critical to helping us to maintain wastewater services, and ensure local residents and businesses can continue to use all kitchen and bathroom facilities as normal.
“Due to the depth and complex nature of the required repair of the sewer and resulting surrounding hole, which will take several weeks, a more permanent solution is our next priority – with a pipe being laid to divert flow around affected area so that we can stand down all tankers and pumps. This will start week of 1 February and will sit along the beach wall so that it is out the way of work in the main area. The popular footpath will remain open.
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“We recognise the disruption this has caused locally and apologise to those affected. We wish to reassure customers that we are working to rectify the issue as quickly as possible and thank them for their patience and for giving our frontline workers the safe distance they need to carry out their work safely”.