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Crews work on Wilmington sewer repair

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WILMINGTON -- Repairs on one section of the troubled northeast interceptor sewer line wrapped up Wednesday. The city replaced more than a mile of pipe that ran through Hewlett's Creek. Wednesday afternoon city crews successfully diverted the sewer flow from the old pipe to the new replacement pipe. The new pipe can handle at least 50 percent more flow than the old pipe. Mayor Bill Saffo says he hopes it is the start of some important changes. There are still two other projects in Wilmington to improve the sewer system. One is replacing sewer pipes along Greenville Loop Road. The other is installing large pumps at Hewlett's Creek pump station.

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Sewer Saga

Good news for indoor plumbing--repairs and upgrades in our area sewer systems are in the works. Our city leaders tell us they are on the job. I hear rumors that the northeast interceptor sewer line is not yet testing properly. What's the story here? In the future, city council members and county leaders, please do not approve land development without planning for the very necessary sewer development. Since very few taxpayers will greatly profit from the development process, please do not force these same taxpayers to pay for the needed sewers down the line. And let's not forget the environmental impact of sewer spills into our waterways--not an acceptable sewer safety valve.