Pipeline transporting sewage across the river up and running

At 4 AM on Monday, the sewage pipeline began transporting waste to a sewage treatment facility on the western bank of the Vistula river.

The chief of staff of the PM’s Office, Michał Dworczyk, announced on Monday that the pipes installed on the temporary pontoon bridge were running, and will reach 60 percent of their capacity by the end of the day. “On Wednesday, the latest, the pipeline will transport 100 percent [of the waste],” Mr Dworczyk said.

He added that for the time being, only 60 percent was being transported because the installation was built in just ten days and it still needs to undergo leakage tests.

The temporary installation has a lifespan of two to three months, giving authorities enough time to tackle the issue. Warsaw city hall has decided to build a slightly more robust pipeline on a nearby bridge, which will deal with the sewage until the underground tunnel where the failure occurred is fixed.

The temporary pipeline is 1,100 metres long and is located north of the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Bridge in the northern part of Warsaw.

The spillage of Warsaw sewage into the Vistula began with the malfunction of a sewage collector at the Warsaw sewage treatment plant on August 27. The emergency collector failed a day later. Fortunately, the plant’s emergency discharge pipe has its mouth located downstream with regard to Warsaw, therefore the sewage does not pose a direct threat to Warsaw citizens.