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Sewer

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: 8/3/21
Volume:  Less than 10 gal.                                                                                       
Location: 9000 Block of Lake Side Dr.                   
Latitude:  33.309756
Longitude:  -87.513472
Destination: Onto ground
Cause:  Failed/ Damaged/ Collapsed line

Action:. Crews responded to sewer discharge in the 9000 Block of Lake Side Dr. Crew found Low pressure line broke. Vacuum trucks were dispatched to mitigate discharge. Contractor was called to repair sewer line. Contractor fixed line and sewer issue has stopped. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 7/23/21
Volume:  1,510 gal.                                                                                       
Location:  4000 Block of Cherrystone Circle / LS21                   
Latitude:  33.179293
Longitude:  -87.588303
Destination: UT to Cypress Creek
Cause:  Rainfall Event

Action: 

Waste Water personnel responded to a high wet well alarm at LS21/Cherrystone Cir. Crews are monitoring the location and vac truck are being used to mitigate the discharge. SSO signage is in place. Door notification will be posted at nearby residence. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 7/23/21
Volume:  13,545 gal.                                                                                          
Location:  JVC Rd / LS 15                     
Latitude:  33.173744
Longitude:  -87.455791
Destination: UT to Cottondale Creek to Hurricane Creek
Cause:  Rainfall Event

Action: Wastewater personal responded to a MH discharge discharge at JVC and Interstate Dr. Crews are monitoring the location. SSO signage is in place. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 7/23/21
Volume:  70,720 gal.                                                                                            
Location:  35th St & Kaulton Rd.                              
Latitude:  33.178455
Longitude:  -87.569828
Destination: UT to Cypress Creek
Cause:  Rainfall Event

Action: Waste Water personnel responded to a MH discharge at the intersection of 35th St. and Kaulton Rd. Crews are monitoring the location. SSO signage is in place. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 7/23/21
Volume:     270,499 gal.                                                                                        
Location:  4000 Block of Kauloosa Ave.                                
Latitude:  33.170565
Longitude:  -87.564148
Destination: UT to Cribbs Mill Creek
Cause:  Rainfall Event

Action: Waste Water personnel responded to a high wet well alarm. Crews are monitoring the location. SSO signage is in place. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 7/9/21
Volume:  <500 gallons approximate                                                                                            
Location:  700 34th Street East                                 
Latitude:  33.177459
Longitude:  -87.527255
Destination: Storm Drain to unnamed tributary to Cribbs Mill Creek
Cause:  Debris/Grease

Action: Waste Water Jet trucks & SSO/FOG Investigations responded to a manhole discharge at the 700 block of 34th Street East & 7th Avenue East.  The sewer line was jetted which cleared the obstruction of debris & grease, enabling normal flow capacity to resume & the discharge to end.  Crews are cleaning and vacuuming the spillage from the street & curb, and will apply liquid disinfection to the affected area. SSO signage has been posted & door-to-door notifications are being placed at nearby apartments.  CCTV cameras are being utilized to inspect the sewer line for any defects which might have attributed to the SSO. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.