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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 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: 12/2/2022
Discharge Volume:  Less than 1,000 gal.          
Location:  JVC Rd and Interstate Dr.

Latitude:  33.173485
Longitude:  -87.453002
Destination: UT to Cottondale Creek

Cause: Damaged by Contractor 

Action:   City personnel responded to discharge that occurred at the intersection of JVC Rd and Interstate Dr. City personnel posted SSO signage. The affected area will cleaned and disinfected. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified accordingly. 

                                                                             

                                                                  

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 11/30/2022
Discharge Volume:  Less than 2,000gal Via SCADA                
Location:  4000 Block of Cherrystone Circle

Latitude:  33.179293
Longitude:  -87.588303
Destination: UT to Cypress Creek

Cause: Rainfall Event

Action:   City personnel responded to discharge that occurred at the 4000 Block of Cherrystone Circle. City personnel posted SSO signage. The affected area will cleaned and disinfected. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified accordingly. 

                                                                             

                                                                  

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 11/30/2022
Discharge Volume:  7,600gal Per Field Observation             
Location:  Kaulton Rd. & Investigator Dornell Cousette St.

Latitude:  33.178455
Longitude:  -87.569828
Destination: UT to Cypress Creek

Cause: Rainfall Event

Action:   City personnel responded to discharge occurring at Kaulton Rd. & Investigator Dornell Cousette St.. City personnel posted SSO signage and will be taking samples of the affected areas downstream of creek. The affected area will cleaned and disinfected. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified accordingly. 

                                                                             

                                                                  

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 11/30/2022
Discharge Volume:  510,000gal. Per Field Observation and via SCADA               
Location:  4400 Block of Reese Phifer Ave.

Latitude:  33.170565
Longitude:  -87.564148
Destination: UT to Cribbs Mill Creek

Cause: Rainfall Event

Action:   City personnel responded to discharge occurring at the 4400 Block of Reese Phifer Ave. City personnel posted SSO signage and will be taking samples of the affected areas downstream of creek. The affected area will cleaned and disinfected. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified accordingly. 

                                                                             

                                                                  

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 11/10/2022
Discharge Volume:  Approx. 20 gal.                  
Location:  4000 Block of Industrial Dr.

Latitude:  33.172306
Longitude:  -87.413071
Destination: Onto Ground

Cause: ARV Failure

Action:  Municipal Waste Water Department responded to a sanitary sewer discharge which was caused by a failed ARV. City personnel is onsite to repair the ARV. The affected area will cleaned and disinfected. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified accordingly. 

                                                                             

                                                                  

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 11/08/2022
Discharge Volume:  500 per Field Observation               
Location:  1 JVC Rd

Latitude:  33.173243
Longitude:  -87.455727
Destination: SD to UT to Cottondale Creek to Hurricane Creek

Cause: Failed/Damaged/Collapsed Sewer Line

Action:  City crews responded to a failed/damaged/collapsed sewer line at 1 JVC Rd. The sewer spill is contained in a sinkhole around MH 6978 and is running back into the sewer line running south under the Interstate 20/59. City contractors have mobilized on site. Bypass pumps are in place. City contractor to start line repair work 11-14-22. The affected area was cleaned and disinfected on 11-12-22. SSO area is fenced off and signage is in place. Monitoring of receiving water is complete. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified accordingly. 

                                                                             

                                                                  

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 11/04/2022
Discharge Volume: <200 gallons                  
Location:  1700 block of Hurricane Rd

Latitude:  33.196972
Longitude:  -87.443531
Destination: Cottondale Creek

Cause:  ARV Failure

Action:  Municipal Waste Water Department responded to a sanitary sewer discharge which has resulted from an ARV failure. Isolation valve was closed which ended the discharge. SSO signage has been posted. The affected area was cleaned and disinfected. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified accordingly.