Nova Scotia

Sewage main break causes spill in Bayers Lake

A break in a sewage main has caused a raw sewage spill in near the former site of the Nova Scotia Community College in Halifax's Bayers Lake.

The break has since been contained, no word on how much sewage spilled

Halifax Water said the break happened on Monday and workers were on the site Tuesday trying to stop the smelly torrent. (CBC)

A break in a sewage main has caused a raw sewage spill in near the former site of the Nova Scotia Community College in Halifax’s Bayers Lake.

Halifax Water said the break happened on Monday and workers were on the site Tuesday trying to stop the leak. Workers were able to fix the problem and get the pumping station back online around 6 p.m.

Halifax Water notified the Department of Environment after complaints about the smell of sewage near a trail in the industrial park.

James Campbell, Halifax Water spokesperson, said they used jet trucks to divert flows from around that area.

"Well essentially what happens is the forcemain will drain into the pumping station that’s in that area so now the pumping station is shut down, it won't be pumped any further. We're going to now vacuum it out of that system and discharge it to an area further downstream," he said.

Campbell said he’s not sure how much sewage spilled. He said until the damage from the broken main is fully assessed, it's tough to know exactly how much it will cost.

The Environment Department monitored the cleanup.

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