Seligman mystery sewer line surfaces

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

550-foot line lacks manholes, still operable

In the 1990s, a 550-foot sewer line was put in to service six homes in a particular area of Seligman, and now, the line has resurfaced and has the city asking more than one question.

According to Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk, there is no evidence to support the theory that the city put in the sewer line.

“[The issue is] there are no manholes for this particular sewer line,” he said. “Now, we are having to map it out.”

The real issue with a sewer line missing manholes is that if something were to need serviced, there is no easy way to access it.

“It could cause a headache if it clogged, broke or had a leak,” Nichols said. “We would have to dig around and expose more line than needed to fix an issue.”

In Seligman, most sewer lines have a manhole every 200-300 feet.

“So, for this line, that would even out to be about two manholes,” Nichols said. “But, at this time, there isn’t a real pressing issue to upgrade that whole line.”

The issue was first found during some smoke testing in 2016 and resurfaced recently when new homes were being built and requesting service.

“There are no issues with it, and we have a way to service our customers,” Nichols said. “When it becomes a problem, we will look into plans to upgrade the line and get a manhole.”

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