Something smells, but it is not just the screened sewage pouring into Bellingham Bay since early Saturday morning. A report at the City of Bellingham’s website says a “pipe failed” resulting in “significant flooding of the underground galleries and a shut down of the secondary treatment process”.
The report is grossly inaccurate. Pun intended. The photo clearly shows the failure of the anchors suspending the pipe. If the pipe had failed, it would have spilled its process contents, become much lighter and remained suspended.
Instead, the anchors obviously failed, causing the pipe to fall, buckle and spill its ‘goods’.
This strongly indicates a material specification problem with either the anchors or the concrete holding them. If the anchors were inadequate, there’s a claim against the designer or contractor. If the concrete is to blame, we we may have much more serious problems to worry about. And another claim.
Which is it?
Will taxpayers be tapped to fix a so-called failed pipe, or will the City Administration get to the bottom of the real problem and assign the liability where it truly belongs?