Coxwell Sanitary Trunk Sewer

How’s that for a catchy headline?

You may know there is a huge and very important sewer pipe running under Coxwell Avenue. It was built in the 1950s and according to this National Post story, it carries a third of the city’s waste water to the Ashbridge’s Bay treatment plant. The crack was found just north of O’Connor Drive in early December. Building a new diversion line to allow for the repairs to the Coxwell trunk could take 18 months and only then, will the city know whether the old pipe can be saved.

Having said all that, DECA (o.k. me) has been contacted by two graduate students in Environmental Studies at York University. They are working on a research paper looking at better understanding this issue. They want to do phone interviews with people who have an interest or insight into the Coxwell Sanitary Trunk Sewer.

Is that you? Or someone you know? Do you have insight into the Coxwell trunk line?

Please send me a note and I’ll pass along more information about their project to you.

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  1. Hi, i am interested in learning more. I live in the Woodbine and O’connor area and our street is experiencing a terrible sewage smell that seeps into our basements. We have called the city twice to check the sewage line on our street and they tell us it is all clear, but the smell is undeniably hard to miss, it is coming from outside and I find it hard to believe that it’s an issue inside all of our homes and not a city issue. I have two little children and I am afraid of this toxic sewage gas smell that is constantly seeping into our home. We have already spent a couple thousand dollars in our basement trying to stop the smell from coming in….but we have had no such luck. I am at my wits end and am ready to call our city counsellor in hopes that he can do something about this. I am wondering if this problem is at all connected to the Coxwell sewer line?

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