Possible colour changes in Gorge Waterway as township staff test underground infrastructure

July 29, 2021
Esquimalt News

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ESQUIMALT, BCTownship of Esquimalt staff will be testing part of the community's storm and sewer drain collection systems for leaks or failure points as part of inflow and infiltration control. The testing aims to identify any cross-connections or cracks that could allow pollution to enter local creeks or waterways. 

Testing is done by using a non-toxic dye tab at the beginning of a pipe system and monitoring to see if any colour appears. This type of dye testing is a critical tool that allows the township a high degree of possibility to determine weak points within the collection system and to see to their correction.

There is a possibility that the red dye may show up in Gorge Creek or the Gorge Waterway if work needs to happen in this area. Residents can be assured that there is no threat to wildlife, plants or humans as the tabs are non-toxic.

Testing will occur in the Gosper Crescent area on August 3 and 4, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To report other types of spills or polluting substances to land or water, on road surfaces or into storm drains, please call:

  • Esquimalt Public Works (M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.):  250-414-7108
  • After-hours emergency (VicPD non-emergency): 250-995-7654

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Tara Zajac
Manager of Communications