Memphis’ Smart Sewer Assessment Agenda

Oct 16

Memphis’ Smart Sewer Assessment Agenda

Memphis has initiated a clever assessment program to help residents and their aging sewer structures. It’s called SARP10 (Sewer Assessment and Rehabilitation Program).  It is an initiative that will bring improvements to the sanitary sewer system in the City of Memphis over the next 10 years. The SARP10 team will implement the program through a series of condition assessment and construction rehabilitation projects over the life of the program. The first portion of the project consisted of two Pilot Areas in which condition and assessment work began in November 2013, followed by Phase 1 work which was completed in February 2015. Phase 2 work started January 2015 and was scheduled to be completed in August 2015. The program will move from neighborhood to neighborhood until the entire sanitary sewer system within the City of Memphis has been assessed. The City of Memphis, like a lot of cities across the nation, has an aging wastewater collection and transmission system (WCTS). This WCTS consists mostly of buried pipes, concrete manholes for maintenance access, and pumping stations with pressure force mains. Over time pipes deteriorate, joints break apart, roots penetrate pipes, corrosion causes pipes and manholes to degrade and/or oil and grease can clog the sewer. As a result, the City could experience line stoppages that in turn result in sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). The City negotiated an agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) to implement an assessment and rehabilitation program with the objective to eliminate SSOs. This agreement was finalized in a Consent Decree on September 20, 2012. The City of Memphis is legally obligated to implement this program and over the next 10 years is expected to spend approximately...

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Rehabilitating the Memphis Sewer System, Proactively

Oct 02

Rehabilitating the Memphis Sewer System, Proactively

Memphis has entered into a consent decree that requires assessments of the sewer system.  The City is doing all it needs to do in order to clean up the sanitary sewers in neighborhoods.  The outline for the overhaul is to focus on repairing the sewer lines and manholes.  Areas of Midtown, downtown, and Hickory Hill will all be included in what’s being called SARP10 for the Sewer Assessment and Rehabilitation Program.  The project is estimated to cost $250 million and will take nearly a decade to complete.  This initiative is expected to go a long way in eliminating the multiple sanitary sewer overflows, as well as, minimizing breaks in the pipelines. The basic premise for the city’s sewer system dates back to the late 1870s, following the Yellow Fever epidemic that killed 5,000 Memphians. That’s when George Waring, Jr., a drainage engineer for New York’s Central Park, developed a state-of-the-art (for the time) system that separated the sanitary system from the storm water. Most of the original system was made from wooden pipes, although, almost all of those have been replaced over the years. So far, only one wooden pipe was discovered during the assessment.  The City also plans to solicit the help of volunteers to inform residents of various tests that will be performed to ensure the pipelines are intact and free from leaks or if there is evidence of a pipeline in need of repair. Memphis, looking for a highly recommended plumber?  Perma-Liner Industries has partnered with the best plumbers in your area to provide you with outstanding service.  We provide only the best referrals for licensed and certified professionals.  Call us or go online to see how we can help.  1-866-336-2568 or...

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