Memphis Sustains Recent Sewer Spills- In the Midst of Repairs

Jun 23

Memphis Sustains Recent Sewer Spills- In the Midst of Repairs

The city of Memphis continues the repair of the sewer line rupture that dumped at least 350 million gallons of raw sewage into McKellar Lake this spring. The repair began with a 96-inch-diameter line that gave way just months ago. While McKellar Lake has reopened as of last month, repairs to the faulty line are ongoing. The process will include the construction and operation of a temporary bypass route and conducting cleanup activities. The project will take several months to complete and will be funded through the city’s sewer fund; which gets revenues through customers’ fees. The pipeline, which carried wastewater, failed after heavy rains gradually wore away at the soil beneath it. The rupture discharged up to 50 million gallons of sewage a day into Cypress Creek. The creek is located in Southwest Memphis and empties into the Mississippi River. The recent sewage spill was the largest of three reported by the city in a three-week period.  An additional leak was also discovered in an area nearby when crews found that part of a 42-inch pipe in the area had collapsed into the Loosahatchie River, after the bank in which it was buried caved into the river. The 60-inch line will also require long-term repairs. Interesting fact: Memphis and communities across Tennessee will begin using smart meters and benefiting from efficient utility service which will create enhanced payment options and increased customer savings. Customers will benefit by having access to more data regarding energy consumption, and resources to help better manage usage. Memphis Light Gas & Water is the largest three-service public utility in the United States, with more than 1 million utility meters. Coming soon: Perma-Liner Industries is busy making plans for you. We’re planning a Trenchless Tour on July 27th in the New England area. We’ll be posting more information on this spectacular event…stay tuned!  Click Here to...

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Plumbing Guidelines in Memphis: Your Best Defense

May 18

Plumbing Guidelines in Memphis: Your Best Defense

When looking for a plumber in Memphis, it’s important to know that there are guidelines to be followed by the International Plumbing Code (IPC). The IPC sets minimum regulations for plumbing systems using both prescriptive and performance-related provisions covering topics such as backflow prevention, fixtures & fittings, water supply and distribution piping, storm drainage and non-potable water systems (rainwater, gray water, reclaimed water) and more. No matter how small the job, it’s a good idea to know the right questions to ask to ensure the best, most professional service.  In some cases, homeowners can incur fines for having faulty plumbing installed, and selling a house with plumbing that doesn’t stand up to code will cause major issues. Are you insured? Your plumber must have insurance to cover the cost of any direct or ancillary damages that may occur while repairs are being made. Critically, this insurance must also cover potential injuries while working on your home so you are clear of all responsibility. Another question might be how do you diagnose the problem? Some repairs are easy to diagnose with a quick visual inspection or even over the phone. For less obvious problems they will need skill and proper tools to get to the root of the issue. Do they have pipe inspection cameras that allow them to peer into pipes for a speedy diagnosis? Do they have a checklist to diagnose all potential problems? Starting work without a full picture of the problem can lead to more costs down the road. If a pipeline breaks, is leaking or clogged, a homeowner’s best defense will be to use local, licensed contractors who are familiar with City codes and can ensure a timely resolution to the issue. Perma-Liner Industries will always refer you to the most reputable, certified and highly qualified plumber right where you live. Don’t hesitate to call us so we can offer you our best! 1-866-336-2568 or go online to...

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Broken Sewer Line Advisories for Memphis

Apr 26

Broken Sewer Line Advisories for Memphis

The city of Memphis has had unfortunate instances of sewer overflows this month.  This week there were reports of another overspill occurrence which discharged approximately 1 million gallons/a day of wastewater into the Mississippi River tributary.  Workers contained the area and made emergency repairs to prevent further leakage. Although water quality testing is being performed to ensure safety, the city advises caution and avoidance of the Loosahatchie, the river that flows into the Mississippi. The break in the 42-inch sewer line occurred when nearby soil eroded and gave way due to heavy rains. The pipe was inspected several months ago without incident. Last month, another collapse occurred involving a 96-inch pipeline, which resulted in 50 million gallons of sewage per day into Cypress Creek and adjoining McKellar Lake. Similarly, these waterways also flow into the Mississippi River. The soil erosion and embankment failure are largely attributed to the record amounts of rainfall that the city sustained in March, also accounting for the most recent overflow. The city inspects sewer lines twice a year but due to the recent line breaks, the city is planning a more extensive examination of the lines in order to identify a need to address additional drawbacks. The city has 3,200 miles of underground sewer pipes and recently put into effect mandated improvements to the sewer system. Due to years of disrepair, Memphis is in the process of implementing a sure-fire approach to handling the dilemma of overflows. The cost of this rehabilitation will be approximately $250...

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Nashville’s Winter Bird Banding at Warner Park

Dec 21

Nashville’s Winter Bird Banding at Warner Park

Warner Park Nature Center and Warner Parks in Nashville are ideal sites to view many species of wildlife.   Perching birds or ‘sparrow shaped’ birds and many other Neotropical migrants may be seen or heard in early spring and fall. Perching birds make up the largest order of birds in the world.  More than 3,000 species of birds make their home in the Neotropical Zone. This represents about one-third of the bird species in the world. Each spring, more than 150 species of Neotropical birds leave their Central and South American homes to make their way to North America to nest and rear their young.  Your back porch is a wonderful spot to observe hundreds of hummingbirds during fall migration. Something else to look forward to coming up in early January is the Winter Bird banding Program at Warner Park. The banders are ready for the cold weather! Winter bird banding focuses on catching and recording data about the winter resident bird populations.  Warner Park also participates in geocaching. Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game! Players try to locate hidden containers, called ‘geocaches’, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online. Interesting facts: A nestling (a baby bird that is featherless or incompletely feathered), if fallen from a nest, may be returned to the nest. Birds have a poor sense of smell. If humans touch a baby bird or nest it does not cause the parents to abandon the birds. After a fledgling (a fully feathered young bird) leaves the nest it may live on the ground for up to two weeks. During this time the parents still provide food and protection. Memphis, Perma-liner Industries has you covered! Go online to www.perma-liner.com to explore all we have to offer you in the trenchless, Cured in Place Pipeline industry. Or call us:...

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Blocked Storm Drain Creates Overflow in Holly Springs

Sep 14

Blocked Storm Drain Creates Overflow in Holly Springs

In Holly Springs there are areas that have experienced flooding due to the heavy rain.  One such area in particular is a residential area on Craft St.  crews have been investigating three storm pipes in a resident’s yard as a possible problem, in addition to, a clay pipe drain.  The workers are in the process of investigating small sinkholes that appear to be caused by collapsing joints of the pipeline. There is also concern regarding a tree that is blocking the drain in a resident’s driveway and is suspected to have roots sunk into the pipe. After a heavy rainfall, workers will analyze the pipe to determine where and which pipes have sustained blockages. Fun fact:Tennessee aquarium is home to the largest freshwater aquarium in the entire world, with over 7,000 animals housed in the entire complex. Memphis, SAVE THE DATE!! Mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss this!  On September 23rd Perma-Liner Industries is hosting a very special event and we’d love to see you!!  We’re having our Open House at our facility in Plainfield, Illinois and it’s sure to be a great time.  We’ll have our excellent staff here to answer all of your questions about Cured-in-Place Pipeline products and our state of the art trenchless technology.  Come out and see live demonstrations, share friendly conversations and gain information.  Meals will be provided.  Please register at no cost: info@perma-liner.com or 1-866-336-2568. Click Here to...

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