© Photo by Dave White
Two boats, six heavy earth excavators and a dozen men moved a 600-foot length of thick, flexible 12-inch conduit, weighted with 100 500-pound concrete blocks from dry land to its final sub-sea resting place off the shore of McIvers Thursday. The work was part of a five-week municipal sewage treatment project that will reduce the amount of raw effluent entering the bay’s waters.
It would take all day Thursday for two boats, six heavy earth excavators and twice as many men to get the job done.
Between them, the lot moved a 600-feet length of thick, flexible 12-inch conduit, weighted with a hundred 500-pound concrete blocks from dry land to its final sub-sea resting place off the north shore Bay of Islands town of McIvers.
Local residents settled in from safe vantage points nearby to watch the work in progress. It is part of a five-week municipal sewage treatment project, designed and managed by Atlantic Engineering Consultants of Corner Brook and undertaken by Humber Arm Construction of Mount Moriah, that will reduce the amount of raw effluent entering bay waters.
A shore-side settling tank built by the contractor and another 100 feet of installed piping connect to the larger conduit which, when tied in to the town’s existing sewer system, will discharge mostly clear water at its opening, about 100 metres from McIvers Island, a seabird nesting site (background, top photo).
Charlie Kendell Sr. directs the machine operators and boat crews via mobile radio as the pipe is slowly shifted and towed by Skipper George Murley’s MV Yankee Highlander.
Out of Frenchman’s Cove, Eric MacDonald and Calvin Massey (in third photo) handled the removal of lift straps from the piping each time it was lowered into the water. Plugged at its sub-sea end during the relay and held up by four large orange floater ball and a plastic barrel, the long piping also held enough air to float seven of its heavy concrete anchors above the surface (bottom photo) as it was being pulled along by the big boat.
All in all, a long day’s work. A couple scuba divers examined the layout to make sure it was also a good day's work.