Liner is installed along brick storm drain pipes that were installed in 1891 (File Contributed/City of Victoria)

Victoria’s oldest pipes to be replaced this year

The pipes along Cook Street were installed in 1891 and are made of bricks

The oldest pipes in Victoria are being upgraded.

Underneath Cook Street, between Southgate and Oxford Streets, are a series of storm drain pipes that were installed in 1891. The pipes are made of bricks, and while they’ve lasted over a century, closed-circuit cameras helped identify and prioritize pipes and systems across the region for upgrades.

As of the end of 2018, nearly 20 per cent of the 331 km of waterworks system and 10 per cent of sanitary sewers and stormwater drains were found to be in poor condition.

VIDEO: Local firefighter rescues ducklings from storm drain

The Cook Street mains are one of 20 brick mains identified by the city which will need repairs over the next 20 years. Between now and 2038, over $24 million will be spent on the brick mains alone, while a total of $443 million is budgeted to repair and replace underground utilities, including storm water and sanitary sewer systems.

READ MORE: City of Victoria releases draft 2019 budget

As a part of the 2019 Draft Financial Plan $13 million is earmarked for rehabilitating underground facilities.

To mitigate expenses and traffic disturbances crews will work from inside the pipes and rehabilitate them by lining the bricks with a more durable material, rather than demolishing them altogether.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

City of Victoria

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

Saanich council seeks more information after hearing Uptown-Douglas plan

Council asks for further reports on economic, housing, transportation plans for corridor

Three active COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island

Since July 24, Central island has had five new cases, North one, South none

Victoria police seize replica handgun and bullets

Unrelated call leads police to functional replica

Flaming object thrown through Victoria restaurant window

Police looking for any witnesses to early-morning incident

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

Landlord takes front door, windows after single B.C. mom late with rent

Maple Ridge mom gets help from community generosity and government

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Lawsuit launched after Florida child handcuffed, booked and briefly jailed

Suit alleges “deliberate indifference” to what should have been handled as a behavioural issue

Russia approves vaccine, Putin hopes to begin mass production

Critic calls decision to proceed without thorough testing ‘dangerous and grossly immoral’

Doctor slain in Alberta medical clinic was devoted father, husband

Red Deer doctors on edge after attack on colleague who had two young daughters

Feds offer ‘life preserver’ funds to BC Ferries as pandemic sinks revenue

For every dollar the province spends the federal government will match

Most Read