WARWICK, RI —While Warwick Sewer Authority personnel were using smoke testing to find evidence of Hydrogen Sulfide, (H2S), the rotten-egg smelling, corrosive gas leaking from sewer lines along Cedar Swamp Road, they took the opportunity to make a quick inspection of the nearby sewer pump station.
According to the City of Warwick’s Capital Fund 2015-2016. the station’s force main has structural deficiencies that could result in catastrophic failure, requiring the potential replacement of 10,460 feet of force main, including manholes and air release valves. The capital budget allocated $974,000 in 2015 – 2016, and then $2,500,000 in 2016 – 2017 for the project.
The station is also due for some interior rehab, including new electric work, a protective coating to guard against corrosion, and a $900 biological odor scrubber the staff is crafting by hand using water, wood chips and screening.
The force main transports wastewater from the Cedar Swamp Pump Station which services about half of the City. The project will reduce the likelihood of sanitary sewer overflows.