Charlotte Water is continuing the extensive emergency wastewater pipe replacement under the Stewart Creek Greenway. Portions of the creek bank upstream and downstream of the broken pipe were stabilized to reduce the risk of erosion affecting wastewater pipes.
Here is an overview of what to expect in the coming weeks, and how you can help:
The community’s wastewater is being pumped around the broken pipe from one manhole to the next one downstream. The pumps and temporary above-ground pipes are checked several times a day to prevent possible wastewater overflows.
Crews are currently removing the broken pipes.
Recent rains and rock formations have delayed our progress.
How You Can Help
Stay safe: Avoid the construction entrance at the intersection of Lela Avenue and Walnut Avenue near Litaker Avenue.
Toss in the toilet: only toilet paper.
Toss in the trash: paper towels, wipes, hair, cotton swabs, feminine products, dental floss, coffee grounds, and excess food.
Drain in the sink: soap suds, small amounts of foods from plate, and liquids.
Take to a full-service recycling center: used and expired oils and grease.
Suspect A Sewage Spill? Call 311 or 704-336-7600 say or select sewer emergency. We will respond 24 hours-a-day.
Almost one month ago, Charlotte experienced heavy rains from a severe storm, which ultimately caused a creek bank to erode, leaving behind a broken wastewater pipe in the creek bank of Stewart Creek.
Over the past few weeks, crews have been working diligently to repair the pipe and creek bank. In order to do so, portions of the greenway have been closed so that crews are able to complete the necessary repairs. Signs have been placed along the two main entrances – the intersection of Lela Avenue and Walnut Avenue, and at the Tuckaseegee Road bridge.
The pipe has been uncovered and an area has been dug out in preparation to begin driving sheet piles. Sections of the original concrete pipe were cracked, in addition to being dislodged and blown out into the creek.
A section of the creek bank downstream of the repair area also suffered severe erosion from the creek. Our crews decided to clear a section of the bank to ensure that no pipe was exposed. A rock toe has been placed in the creek and the dirt removed from the blown-out section of the creek will be used to regrade and reinforce this area of the bank. This will help to prevent any potential blowout until later in the year, when a Storm Water project will readdress the erosion. The area will also be covered with turf-reinforcement, and imported fill will be brought in for back fill over the new 36″ sewer.
Thank you to all of the residents in this area for your patience during the greenway closure. Keep an eye on our blog in the coming weeks for continued updates!