Story: Sewage, water and waste

Building a sewer (3rd of 3)

Building a sewer

Workers pose for the photographer in an Auckland Metropolitan Drainage Board sewerage tunnel between Ōkahu and Hobson bays at Ōrākei, Auckland, in 1913. The tunnel was egg-shaped with the narrow end at the bottom. This shape ensured that sewage still moved along the tunnel under a wide range of water flows.

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Christine Dann, 'Sewage, water and waste - Stinking cities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Christine Dann, published 11 Mar 2010