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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 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.

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.

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:  01/12/2020

Volume: Approximately 12,550 gallons                                                                                                                                                                   

Location: 7000 Block of Hurricane Road                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Latitude: 33.193940

Longitude:  -87.439645

Destination: UT to Cottondale Creek to Hurricane Creek

Cause: Failed/Damaged/Collapsed ARV Valve

Action:  Waste Water OTS Technicians have responded to a sanitary sewer Air Release Valve discharge in the 7000 block of Hurricane Road. The cause of the discharge is attributed to a failed/damaged/collapsed air release valve. SSO signage has been posted and door-to-door notifications have been placed at nearby residential homes.  Vacuum trucks are mitigating the spillage as much as possible. Emergency crews are in route to make repairs. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department are being notified accordingly. The discharge amount will be calculated once the spillage has ended.  UPDATE:  SPILLAGE HAS ENDED AS OF 04:30PM

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  01/02/2020

Volume: Approximately 2,750 gallons                                                                                                                                                                   

Location: 3000 Block of NE 24th Street                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Latitude: 33.240550

Longitude:  -87.487887

Destination: UT to Black Warrior River

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water OTS Technicians have responded to a sanitary sewer manhole discharge in the 3000 block of NE 24th Street. The cause of the discharge is attributed to a sewer main blockage associated with heavy rains. SSO signage has been posted.  Vacuum trucks jetted the sewer main to unstop the blockage and washed and vacuumed puddled spillage. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department are being notified accordingly. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  01/02/2020

Volume: 372 Gallons                                                                                                                                                                    

Location: 4000 Block of Greenview Drive                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Latitude: 33.186930

Longitude:  -87.596902

Destination: UT to Cribbs Mill Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water OTS Technicians have responded to a sanitary sewer manhole discharge in the vicinity of Greenview Drive. The cause of the discharge is attributed to heavy rains. SSO signage has been posted.  Updates will be posted as information becomes available. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department are being notified accordingly. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  01/02/2020

Volume: 23,100 Gallons                                                                                                                                                                 

Location: Claybrook Drive & Claymont Parkway                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Latitude: 33.202161

Longitude:  -87.500339

Destination: Storm Drain to UT to Cribbs Mill Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water OTS Technicians have responded to a sanitary sewer manhole discharge in the vicinity of Claybrook Drive & Claymont Parkway. The cause of the discharge is attributed to heavy rains. SSO signage has been posted.  Updates will be posted as information becomes available. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department are being notified accordingly. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  01/02/2020

Volume: 66,525 Gallons                                                                                                                                                                  

Location: Rice Mine Rd & Beacon Hill Parkway/LS4                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Latitude: 33.235533

Longitude:  -87.513235

Destination: Unnamed tributary to Black Warrior River

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water OTS Technicians have responded to a sanitary sewer manhole discharge in the vicinity of Rice Mine Rd & Beacon Hill Parkway. The cause of the discharge is attributed to heavy rains. SSO signage has been posted.  Updates will be posted as information becomes available. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department are being notified accordingly. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  01/02/2020

Volume: 165,030 Gallons                                                                                                                                                               

Location: 4000 Block of Kauloosa Avenue                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Latitude: 33.170565

Longitude:  -87.564148

Destination: Unnamed tributary to Cribbs Mill Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water OTS Technicians have responded to a sanitary sewer manhole discharge in the 4000 block of Kauloosa Avenue. The cause of the discharge is attributed to heavy rains. SSO signage has been posted.  Updates will be posted as information becomes available. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department are being notified accordingly. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  01/02/2020

Volume: 92,830 Gallons                                                                                                                                                                    

Location: 35th Street & Kaulton Road                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Latitude: 33.178455

Longitude:  -87.569828

Destination: Unnamed tributary to Cypress Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water OTS Technicians have responded to a sanitary sewer manhole discharge near the intersection of 35th Street & Kaulton Road. The cause of the discharge is attributed to heavy rains. SSO signage has been posted.  Updates will be posted as information becomes available. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department are being notified accordingly. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  01/02/2020

Volume: 2,830 Gallons                                                                                                                                                                    

Location: 4000 Block of Cherrystone Circle                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Latitude: 33.179293

Longitude:  -87.588303

Destination: Unnamed tributary to Cypress Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water OTS Technicians have responded to a sanitary sewer manhole overflow at the 4000 block of Cherrystone Circle. The cause of the discharge is attributed to heavy rains. SSO signage has been posted. Door-to-door brochures have been placed at nearby residential homes. Vacuuming trucks are mitigating the on-going overflow as much as possible. Updates will be posted as information becomes available. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department are being notified accordingly. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  01/02/2020

Volume: 40,550 Gallons                                                                                                                                                                    

Location: 6000 Block of Keenes Mill Rd                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Latitude: 33.202103

Longitude:  -87.450164

Destination: Cottondale Creek to Hurricane Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water OTS Technicians have responded to a sanitary sewer overflow at the 6000 block of Keenes Mill Rd. The cause of the discharge is attributed to heavy rains. SSO signage has been posted. Door-to-door brochures will be placed at nearby residential homes. Vacuuming trucks are mitigating the on-going overflow. Updates will be posted as information becomes available. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department are being notified accordingly. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  12/26/2019

Volume: <50 Gallons                                                                                                                                                                      

Location: Lift Station 58/Signal Hill                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Latitude: 33.282176

Longitude:  -87.492178

Destination: Potential to reach Lake Tuscaloosa; however, no visible sewage is noted in the receiving stream

Cause: Lift Station Equipment Failure

Action:  Waste Water personnel responded to a lift station discharge at Lift Station 58 in the vicinity of Signal Hill, Harbor Ridge Subdivision. Responding technicians repaired left station equipment, ending the sewer discharge. A vacuum truck was utilized to wash and vacuum the site and lime was applied for disinfection. SSO signage was posted. Door-to-door brochures will be placed at nearby residential homes. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department are being notified accordingly. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  12/22/2019

Volume: 113,700 gallons approx.                                                                                                                                                                      

Location: 35th st and Kaulton Rd                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Latitude: 33.178454

Longitude:  -87.509826

Destination: UT to Cypress Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water personnel responded to a MH discharge at the intersection of 35th st and Kaulton Rd. SSO signage was posted. Affected area will be cleaned and disinfected. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department were advised accordingly. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  12/22/2019

Volume: 144,750 gallons approx.                                                                                                                                                                      

Location: 4400 Block of Kauloosa Ave                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Latitude: 33.169955

Longitude:  -87.562901

Destination: UT to Cribbs Mill Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water personnel responded to a MH discharge at the 4400 Block of Kauloosa Ave. SSO signage was posted. Affected area will be cleaned and disinfected. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department were advised accordingly. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  12/22/2019

Volume: 1,980 gallons approx.                                                                                                                                                                      

Location: 4000 Block of Cherrystone Circle                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Latitude: 33.179293

Longitude:  -87.588303

Destination: UT to Cypress Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water personnel responded to a high wet well alarm at LS 21. Crews are utilizing vacuum truck to mitigate discharge.  SSO signage was posted and nearby residences were notified via notification brochures as well as press releases. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department were advised accordingly. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  12/22/2019

Volume: 34,725 gallons approx.                                                                                                                                                                      

Location: 6000 Block of Keenes Mill Rd                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Latitude: 33.202103

Longitude:  -87.450164

Destination: Cottondale Creek which leads to Hurricane Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water personnel responded to a high wet well alarm at LS 10. Crews are utilizing vacuum truck to mitigate discharge.  SSO signage was posted and nearby residences were notified via notification brochures as well as press releases. Affected area will be cleaned and disinfected. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department were advised accordingly. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  12/20/2019

Volume: >25 / <50 Gallons                                                                                                                                                                        

Location: 3900 Block of Churchill Lane                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Latitude: 33.258133

Longitude:  -87.482329

Destination: Onto Ground

Cause: Failed/Damaged/Collapsed Low Pressure Sewer Main

Action:  Waste Water personnel responded to a failed/damaged/collapsed low pressure sewer main in the 3900 Block of Churchill Lane.  Emergency response crews repaired low pressure valves which ended the  intermittent sewer discharge.  SSO signage was posted and nearby residences were notified via notification brochures as well as press releases. Affected ares were cleaned and disinfected. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department were advised accordingly.   SSO END TIME 04:20PM

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  12/19/2019

Volume: Approximately 10 gallons                                                                                                                                                                         

Location: 10200 Block of Covered Bridge Rd                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Latitude: 33.184241

Longitude:  -87.305427

Destination: Onto Ground

Cause: Lift Station Equipment Failure

Action:  Waste Water crews responded to a lift station discharge at the 10200 block of Covered Bridge Rd. Crews vacuumed down wet well which ended the discharge. Crew cleaned and disinfected the affected area. SSO signage is in place. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department were notified.   

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  12/12/2019

Volume: Approximately 75 gallons                                                                                                                                                                         

Location: 1200 Block of University Boulevard

Latitude: 33.212047                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Longitude:  -87.553169

Destination: Onto Street/Into Private Business

Cause: Debris

Action:  Waste Water personnel responded to a City sewer main blockage which  consequently caused a back-up into a private business and a discharge at the private lateral clean-out. Personnel utilized a jet hose to clear the City main, and a private plumbing company assessed the stoppage inside the private business. SSO signage was posted until all spillage was vacuumed and areas were disinfected. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department were notified.