Water Levels Lowered To Assist Sewer Construction

Sydney Tar Ponds Agency

May 16, 2005 9:13 AM

The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency has lowered the water level in the South Tar Pond to help workers hooking up the new interceptor sewer.

The agency took the action today, May 16, at the request of Cape Breton Regional Municipality's engineering and public works department.

The lowered water level may intensify sewage odours in the area of the south pond on warm, sunny days.

Financed by the Tar Ponds cleanup project, the interceptor sewer will divert sewage currently flowing into the Tar Ponds and its tributaries, Wash Brook and Coke Ovens Brook, to the treatment plant nearing completion at Battery Point in Sydney's north end.

The plant is expected to begin operations next month and sewage odours from the Tar Ponds will gradually diminish. It may take a year or more for the odours to completely disappear.

A sluice gate in the Ferry Street coffer dam influences the water level of the South Tar Pond. The gate was lowered this morning, and will stay down until city workers complete sewer construction.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency has lowered the water level in

the South Tar Pond.

     The agency took the action to help regional municipality

workers hooking up the new interceptor sewer.

     The lowered water levels may intensify sewage odours in the

area of the south pond on warm, sunny days.

     When completed in June, the interceptor sewer will divert

sewage from the Tar Ponds to the treatment plant nearing

completion at Battery Point.

The plant is expected to begin operations next month,

and sewage odours from the Tar Ponds will gradually diminish.

     It may take a year or more for the odours to completely

disappear.

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Contact: Parker Donham
         Sydney Tar Ponds Agency
         902-565-5555
         E-mail: parker@kempthead.ca