Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 25, 2013

Tree breaks wastewater pipe over Beaver Creek

Glasgow Daily Times


A tanker truck parked along Veterans Outer Loop is being used to temporarily divert and collect wastewater after Sunday’s winds dropped a tree onto a 12-inch wastewater line suspended over Beaver Creek, breaking it at a joint.

Within roughly half an hour after getting a call at approximately 4 p.m. Sunday, shortly after a severe thunderstorm passed through the area, a Glasgow Water Co. crew had plugged the manhole to stop the flow and got the pump set up to send the sewer material to the truck instead of the stream, said Billy Carver, GWC operations manager.

No customers’ service was directly impacted by the break, he said.

“It’s just a residential line without much flow,” Carver said. “There wasn’t much wastewater at all that escaped.”

An average flow on a line like that would be three to four gallons per minute, so he estimated the possible leakage in the neighborhood of 120 gallons for half an hour, but the flow varies greatly depending on time of day, he said. The line is not pressurized; it slopes downhill from the relatively few – 50 to 60 – customers it serves so the wastewater flows with gravity. At the time it was capped, “the flow was very minimal,” Carver said.

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