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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 Plant, 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:  10/022/2019

Volume:   <50 Gallons                                                                                                                                                                                            

Location: 4000 Block of Brookhill Road

Latitude: 33.203                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Longitude:  -87.482

Destination: Onto Ground

Cause: Root Obstruction in Sewer/Broken Lateral Clean-out

Action:  Municipal Waste Water crews responded to a discharge at the 4000 block of Brookhill Rd.  The SSO occurred due to root obstruction in the City sewer system and because of a broken private lateral clean-out. A professional contractor was contacted to clean and disinfect affected ground areas. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department have been notified.   

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  10/07/2019

Volume:   Approx. 100 gal.                                                                                                                                                                                            

Location: 6000 Block of Elaina Ln.

Latitude: 33.279685                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Longitude:  -87.513194

Destination: Storm Drain to Lake Tuscaloosa

Cause: Broken sewer line

Action:  Municipal Waste Water crews responded to a discharge at the 6000 block of Elaina Lane. The spillage was caused by damage incurred to a low pressure sewer force main. Crews repaired the line and cleaned all affected areas.. SSO signage and door- to- door notifications were placed at nearby residential homes. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department were advised accordingly.   

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  10/01/2019

Volume:   Less than ten gallons                                                                                                                                                                                             

Location: Intersection:  Hargrove Road/Hackberry Lane

Latitude: 33.192482                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Longitude:  -87.543065

Destination: Theoretical potential of reaching  Cribbs Mill Creek

Cause: Failed/Damaged Sewer Pipe

Action: On 10/01/19, Waste Water CCTV personnel discovered a broken/failed sewer pipe while videoing storm drainage infrastructure. The sewer pipe was observed leaking waste water intermittently into the storm drain.  Upon arrival of necessary construction materials and the forestall by weather conditions on 10/07/19,  a repair of the sewer pipe was completed on 10/09/19 which ended the discharge. The SSO discharge amount has been calculated at less than ten gallons.  The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department have been advised accordingly.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  09/26/2019

Volume:   approximately 500 gallons per                                                                                                                                                                                             

Location: 2000 Block of Monarch Lane

Latitude: 33.281074                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Longitude:  -87.511029

Destination: Storm drain that leads to Lake Tuscaloosa

Cause: Failed/Damaged Sewer Valve

Action: Waste Water personnel responded to a sewer discharge at the 2000 block of Monarch Lane. Crews assessed a failed/damaged in-line sewer valve. City crews quickly repaired sewer valve, ending the intermittent discharge.  Crews washed and vacuumed spillage from street and storm drain catch basin. SSO signage is posted and door notifications were placed at nearby residences. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department are being notified.     

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  09/23/2019

Volume:   approximately 500 gallons per                                                                                                                                                                                             

Location: 3700 Block of Fosters Ferry Rd.

Latitude: 33.180160                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Longitude:  -87.606316

Destination: Onto Ground

Cause: Broken Force Main

Action: Contractor bored hole into force main. Force main has since been repaired and 100% of discharged sewer has been reclaimed. City crews then disinfected the affected area and has placed out SSO signage. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department have been notified. 

 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  09/10/2019

Volume:  2,962 approximate gallons per field calculations                                                                                                                                                                                             

Location: 4000 Block of Highway 216

Latitude: 33.198275                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Longitude:  -87.478625

Destination: Unnamed tributary which leads to Hurricane Creek; Crews are conducting emergency vacuuming procedures in an attempt to prevent any discharge from reaching Hurricane Creek.

Cause: Broken sewer pipe

Action:  While conducting sewer right-of-way inspections, the City's Right-of-Way crew located a broken sewer pipe which was discharging into an unnamed tributary.  Emergency vacuuming procedures were set up  in an attempt to prevent any spillage from reaching surface waters of the State, i.e. Hurricane Creek. Signage is in place and City staff have placed warning brochures on nearby residential doors.   The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department have been notified.  UPDATE AS OF 09/11/19:  Crews have effectively flushed the unnamed tributary with water to clean the spillage from the UT, and have reclaimed the same (approximately 80%) from the UT downstream.  Potentially approximately 20% of spillage would possibly reach Hurricane Creek.