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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: 11/23/2021
Volume: Approximately 50 gal.                                                                              
Location: 29th St. & Greensboro Ave.

Latitude:  33.184915
Longitude:  -87.555446
Destination:  Onto Street
Cause:  Grease

Action: Waste Water crews responded to a manhole discharge at the intersection of 29th St. and Greensboro Ave. Crews found manhole discharge and proceeded to unstop city main line. City clean and disinfected the affected area and were able to reclaim 100% of discharge. 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: 11/08/2021
Volume:  Approximately 25 gal.                                                                              
Location: Royale Dr. and White Oaks Ridge

Latitude:  33.257161
Longitude:  -87.489195
Destination:  Onto Ground
Cause:  Failed/Damaged/Collapsed Sewer Line

Action: Waste Water crews responded to a sewer discharge at the intersection of Royale Dr. and White Oaks Ridge. Crews found the low pressure sewer line was broken. City contractors have been dispatched and are on site making repairs. The affected area will be cleaned and disinfected. SSO signage was posted and nearby residence have been contacted. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 11/02/2021
Volume:  Approximately Ten Gallons                                                                              
Location:  9450 Lake Side Drive  Lift Station 60

Latitude:  33.305317
Longitude:  -87.510199
Destination:  Onto Ground
Cause:  Lift Station Equipment Failure

Action: Waste Water maintenance technicians responded to a high level alarm at the City's Sewer Lift Station #60.  Upon assessing the overflow, a tripped control panel breaker was found which had rendered the lift station pumps inoperable. Technicians reset the breaker which in turn energized the pumps again. The crew is assessing the cause of the tripped switch. Lift Station crews will wash and vacuum the puddled spillage and will also spray disinfectant.  SSO signage was posted. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.