Residents can expect ongoing delays at the regional landfill from Sept. 9 to Nov. 15, the Regional District of Nanaimo says.
According to the RDN's superintendent of engineering and disposal operations Helmut Blanken, the infrastructure upgrades slotted for that time include a relocation of a storm drain.
A storm drain presently passes underneath the landfill and by moving the outlet, the RDN hopes to alleviate worries of an environmental issue that could be caused by the pipe's location.
Presently there is no risk of an environmental issue, Blanken said.
"If a water line runs underneath the landfill and something goes wrong. .. It is a risk," Blanken said. "We want to eliminate that risk."
The operation could take up to 10 weeks, depending on how solid the rock in the area is. If no blasting is required, it is expected that construction will take about six weeks.
The old storm drain will be decommissioned and sealed at the point where it goes underground.
"We'll make sure that we have long-term, safe storm water run off and that the capacity is available," Blanken said.
In the mean time, customers can expect delays until construction is completed, according to a notice posted by the RDN on Sept. 3.
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