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The City of Tuscaloosa’s Infrastructure and Public Services department operates and maintains 63 lift stations, 11,629 manholes, and 566 miles of collection system. IPS also runs the Hilliard Fletcher Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility, which discharges 15,540,000 gallons of water per day. In 2017 alone, this department has brought over $63 million in capital improvements to the City and provided an uninterrupted clean water service. Additionally, in 2017 the IPS department has rehabbed 17 manholes and 1,076 feet of pipe, made 105 point repairs, assessed 86 miles of pipe, and inspected 1,260 manholes.

Finally, an achievement that the department is especially proud of is reducing the number of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) per year to a fraction of what it was in previous years. SSOs have been reduced by 69% since 2008. This improvement is primarily credited to the increased frequency with which the sewer lines are cleaned and the FOG program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 6/28/22
Discharge Volume:  Approximately 2,000 gal.                                 
Location: 3050 Warrior Rd

Latitude:  33.247020
Longitude:  -87.487634
Destination: Unnamed tributary to Black Warrior River

Cause: Roots

Action:  Waste Water crews responded to a sewer discharge at 3050 Warrior Rd. Crews utilized jet truck to remove blockage which ended the discharge. CCTV inspection is scheduled. The SSO site was cleaned and disinfected and SSO signage was posted. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.                                                                                   

                                                                  

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 6/22/22
Discharge Volume:  Approximately 50 gal.                                  
Location: 2800 Block of Colonial Dr. NE

Latitude:  33.218722
Longitude:  -87.499787
Destination: Unnamed tributary to Black Warrior River

Cause: Failed/Damaged/Collapsed Sewer Line

Action:  Waste Water crews responded to a sewer discharge on Colonial Dr. NE. Crews found that a sewer line was damaged. City contractor repair the line which ended the discharge. The SSO site was cleaned and disinfected and SSO signage was posted. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.                                                                                   

                                                                  

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 6/16/22
Discharge Volume:  Approximately <1000 gallons                                  
Location: Lift Station #14  2040 Inverness Parkway

Latitude:  33.127742
Longitude:  -87.565853
Destination: Unnamed tributary to Cypress Creek

Cause:  Lift Station Equipment Failure

Action:  Waste Water Lift Station technicians responded to a high wet well alarm at the City's LS #14 located in the 2,000 block of Inverness Gardens.  Technicians repaired a failed pump and inoperable low floats, subsequently restoring the station to on-line status and ending the overflow.  The SSO site was cleaned and disinfected and SSO signage was posted. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.                                                                                   

                                                                  

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 6/10/22
Discharge Volume:  Approximately 1500 gallons                                  
Location: 4,000 Block of Virginia Circle

Latitude:  33.183166
Longitude:  -87.604158
Destination: Unnamed tributary to Black Warrior River 

Cause:  Concrete debris/grease

Action:  Crews responded to a MH discharge. Crews unstopped city main. SSO site was cleaned and disinfected. SSO signage has been posted. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.                                                                                   

                                                                  

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 6/6/22
Discharge Volume:  Approx.50 gal                                  
Location: 3000 block 5th Ave

Latitude:  33.181430
Longitude:  -87.543446
Destination: onto ground

Cause: damaged manhole

Action:  Crews responded to a MH discharge. Crews unstopped city main. SSO site was cleaned and disinfected. SSO signage has been posted. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.                                                                                   

                                                                  

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 6/2/22
Discharge Volume:  Approx. 9,000gal. per field observation and SCADA                                     
Location:  I-20/59 North & Daimler Benz Blvd

Latitude:  33.187714
Longitude:  -87.268406
Destination: SD to UT to Little Hurricane Creek

Cause: Failed/Damaged/Collapsed Forcemain 

Action:  Crews responded to a broken sewer forcemain at I-20/59 North & Daimler Benz Blvd. City contractor has been dispatched to make repairs. Vac trucks are being used to mitigate the discharge. SSO site will be cleaned and disinfected. SSO signage has been posted. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.