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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: 10/23/2020

Volume:  <500 gallons                                                                                                             

Location:  4000 block of Kauloosa Avenue                                                          

Latitude:  33.173543

Longitude:  -87.565614

Destination:  Onto Ground

Cause: Clogged Drains

Action:  Waste Water maintenance technicians responded to the plant's dry well discharging due to clogged drains. Vacuum truck personnel responded immediately to vacuum waste water from the dry well, thus ending the overflow.  Affected ground areas will be cleaned & disinfected.  The Tuscaloosa County Health Department is being notified as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 10/19/2020

Volume:  <100 gallons                                                                                                             

Location:  6700 Block of Elaina Lane                                                          

Latitude:  33.280240

Longitude:  -87.513941

Destination:  Onto Ground

Cause: Debris

Action:  City personnel responded to sewer discharge at the 6700 Block of Elaina Lane. Crews assessed the situation and determined that a low pressure sewer line had a leak. When crews arrived there was no evidence of a discharge but per plumber that had come out on Saturday sewer was discharging. Repair crew is on site to fix the low pressure line. SSO signage was placed. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 10/19/2020

Volume:  <10 gallons approximately                                                                                                              

Location:  4000 block of Woodvale Drive                                                           

Latitude:  33.168664

Longitude:  -87.475107

Destination:  Onto Ground

Cause: Debris

Action:  Waste Water crews responded to an obstructed sewer line in the vicinity of the 4000 block of Woodvale Drive.  Wastewater personnel were successful in jetting the affected sewer line, clearing debris which had obstructed normal waste water flow. However, a sewer manhole discharged before the line was unstopped. Crews vacuumed and disinfected affected ground areas. SSO signage was placed. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 09/29/2020

Volume:  558 gallons approximately                                                                                                              

Location:  1000 block of Independence Drive                                                             

Latitude:  33.228756

Longitude:  -87.556723

Destination:  Storm Drain to Unnamed Tributary to Black Warrior River

Cause: Debris

Action:  Waste Water crews responded to manhole discharges in the vicinity of Independence Drive.  Wastewater personnel were successful in jetting the affected sewer line, clearing debris which had obstructed normal waste water flow. Crews washed streets and curb areas, flushed storm drains and vacuumed affected creek areas to mitigate the sewer spillage. SSO signage was placed and door-to-door notifications were posted at nearby residences. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 09/13/2020

Volume:  Less than 5,000gal.                                                                                                               

Location:  #1 JVC Rd.                                                             

Latitude:  33.173744

Longitude:  -87.455791

Destination:  UT to Cottondale Creek to Hurricane Creek

Cause: Lift Station Equipment Failure

Action:  Waste Water crews responded to a discharge at #1 JVC Rd. due to equipment issue at LS 15. Wastewater personnel responded to clean and disinfect the affected area.  SSO signage is in place and wastewater crews are taking samples. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 08/14/2020

Volume:  Less than 25 gal.                                                                                                                

Location:  Lift Station 51/ 8101 New Watermelon Rd.                                                               

Latitude:  33.293376

Longitude:  -87.491665

Destination:  Onto Ground

Cause: Lift Station Equipment Failure

Action:  Waste Water crews responded to a discharge at LS51. Crews assessed a tripped breaker and possible low level float problem.  SSO signage is in place. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.