Warning: Crews must perform emergency repairs to sewage pipelines in Guerneville

GUERNEVILLE, CA (CROWN) – On Friday, the Sonoma Water maintenance and operations team will perform emergency repair work on a Guerneville sewage pipeline.

Crews will begin at approximately 6 p.m. 16 to investigate and assess a potential blown main sewer pipeline in the 16500 block of Highway 116 on River Road.

The potential blown pipeline is part of the Russian River County Sanitation District (RRCSD) collection and treatment system.

The purpose of the sewer line is to transport wastewater from the Guerneville elevator station to the RRCSD treatment plant.

The RRCSD treats an average of 710,000 gallons of wastewater per day generated by 3,215 equivalent single-family homes in Guerneville and the surrounding communities.

Drivers are advised to be careful when driving near the area as heavy equipment, trucks and staff will be on site.

Traffic control will also be in place for the safety of workers, pedestrians and drivers.

Courtesy: Sonoma Water

On Thursday, crews were dispatched to contain and remove wastewater and to stop further discharges near Guerneville lift station.

A small barrier was constructed to limit the spill, and a vacuum (vac) truck was used to remove the wastewater.

A crew with a vacuum cleaner remained on site during Thanksgiving day and night, and will be stationed on site until the leak is repaired.

Sonoma Water says all discharges are fully contained and there is no danger to the public or
wildlife.

No wastewater was discharged to storm drains or watercourses.

An update will be given when the source of the leak is identified and a repair plan is in place.

Sonoma Water a report was submitted to the State Office of Emergency Services, which will notify other agencies.

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