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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.

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: 08/3/2020

Volume:  Less than 100 gal.                                                                                                                

Location:  4500 Block of Vassie Dr                                                                

Latitude:  33.207723

Longitude:  -87.479377

Destination:  Onto Ground

Cause: Failed/ Damaged/Collapsed Sewer Line

Action:  Waste Water crews responded to a discharge caused by a failed/damaged/collapsed sewer line at the 4500 block of Vassie Dr. Contractors made repairs to the sewer line which ended the discharge.  SSO signage is in place and door to door notification has been placed at nearby residence. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 08/3/2020

Volume:  Less than 5 gal.                                                                                                                

Location:  10 Block of Rollingwood                                                                  

Latitude:  33.230625

Longitude:  -87.540295

Destination:  UT to Black Warrior River

Cause: Broken/Damaged Sewer line

Action:  Waste Water crews responded to a discharge caused by a Broken/damaged sewer line at the 10 Block of Rollingwood. Crews fixed the sewer line to stop the discharge. SSO signage is in place and door to door notification has been completed. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  07/30/2020

Volume:  Less than 1,000 gal.                                                                                                                

Location:  10700 Block of Ed Stephens Rd                                                                    

Latitude:  33.186539

Longitude:  -87.324345

Destination:  Onto Ground

Cause: ARV Failure

Action:  Waste Water crews responded to a discharge caused by a Broken/Failed ARV at the10700 Block of Ed Stephens Rd. Vaccum trucks are being used to mitigate the discharge. Crews are going to repair line to fix the broken ARV. SSO signage is in place. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  07/29/2020

Volume:  350 gal.                                                                                                                 

Location:  20 Block of Bellview Drive                                                                    

Latitude:  33.161019

Longitude:  -87.528624

Destination:  Storm drain that leads to UT which leads to Cypress Creek

Cause: Broken sewer line

Action:  Waste Water crews responded to a discharge caused by a broken sewer line at the 20 block of Bellview Drive. Vaccum trucks are being used to mitigate the discharge. Crews are going to repair line to fix the broken sewer line. SSO signage and door brochures are in place. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  07/28/2020

Volume:  Per Field Observation Less than 30,000 gal.                                                                                                                     

Location:  Lift Station 62 / 400 54th Ave. East                                                                              

Latitude:  33.210856

Longitude:  -87.468162

Destination:  UT to Hurricane Creek

Cause: Lift Station Equipment Failure 

Action:  Waste Water crews assessed Lift Station equipment failure.  Upon arrival lift station crews were trying to mitigate discharge by using vacuum trucks. Lift station crews are working to get the issue resolved. Affected ground areas are being cleaned & disinfected.  SSO signage was posted. Samples are being taken. This overflow was intermittent discharge.  The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  07/21/2020

Volume:  <50 Gallons                                                                                                                          

LocationLift Station #28/3401 Yacht Club Way NE                                                                                    

Latitude:  33.291881

Longitude:  -87.494035

Destination:  Onto Ground

Cause: Lift Station Equipment Failure 

Action:  Waste Water crews assessed Lift Station equipment failure.  Upon power restoration, pumps became operational & discharge ended. Affected ground areas are being cleaned & disinfected.  SSO signage was posted.  The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  07/20/2020

Volume:  Approximately 2,000 gallons                                                                                                                           

Location:  2200 block of Fikes Lane                                                                                      

Latitude:  33.191351

Longitude:  -87.592598

Destination:  Onto Ground

Cause: Grease/Debris 

Action:  Waste Water Crews responded to a manhole sanitary sewer overflow at the 2200 block of Fikes Lane.  Waste Water crews utilized jet hoses to unstop the sewer line which was clogged with grease & debris. Affected ground areas are being cleaned & disinfected.  SSO signage was posted and door-to-door notifications are being placed at nearby residential homes.  The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  07/14/2020

Volume:  <100 gallons                                                                                                                           

Location:  LS60/9450 Lakeside Cove                                                                                      

Latitude:  33.305173

Longitude:  -87.510074

Destination:  Onto Ground

Cause: Pump Failure 

Action:  Waste Water Crews responded to a sanitary sewer overflow at the City's lift station #60 located in the 9000 block of Lakeside Cove.  Waste Water crews assessed pump failure which ended the discharge.  SSO signage was posted.  The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  07/8/2020

Volume:  <500 gallons                                                                                                                           

Location:  31st Ave E & 47th St East                                                                                        

Latitude:  33.164286

Longitude:  -87.496286

Destination:  UT to Rum Creek to Cypress Creek

Cause: Failed/Damaged/Collapsed VCP Sewer Line 

Action:  Waste Water Crews responded to a failed/damaged/collapsed VCP sewer line near the intersection of 31st Ave E  & 47th St E.  Emergency repair crews completed repairs which ended the SSO at 4:00PM.  SSO signage was posted.  The Tuscaloosa County Health Department & the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified.

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  07/7/2020

Volume:  950 gallons approximately                                                                                                                           

Location:  35th Street and Kaulton Road                                                                                        

Latitude:  33.178455

Longitude:  -87.569828

Destination:  UT to Cypress Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water Crews responded to a manhole discharge at the intersection of 35th Street and Kaulton Road. The cause of the overflow is attributed to wet weather. Crews are monitoring the overflow. SSO signage in place. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  07/7/2020

Volume:  6,557 gallons approximately                                                                                                                           

Location:  4400 Block of Kauloosa Ave                                                                                             

Latitude:  33.170565

Longitude:  -87.564148

Destination:  UT to Cribbs Mill Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water Crews responded to a manhole discharge at the 4400 Block of Kauloosa Ave. The cause of the overflow is attributed to wet weather. Crews are monitoring the overflow. SSO signage in place. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  07/7/2020

Volume:  6,327 gallons approximately                                                                                                                           

Location:  6000 Block of Keenes Mill Road                                                                                               

Latitude:  33.202103

Longitude:  -87.450164

Destination:  Cottondale Creek which leads to Hurricane Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water Crews responded to a manhole discharge at the 6000 Block of Keenes Mill Road. The cause of the overflow is attributed to wet weather. Crews are monitoring the overflow. SSO signage in place. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  07/7/2020

Volume:  343,700 gallons approximately                                                                                                                          

Location:  JVC Road and Interstate Drive                                                                                               

Latitude:  33.173744

Longitude:  -87.455791

Destination:  UT to Cottondale Creek which leads to Hurricane Creek

Cause: Wet Weather

Action:  Waste Water Crews responded to a manhole discharge near the intersection of JVC Road and Interstate Drive. The cause of the overflow is attributed to wet weather. Crews are monitoring the overflow. SSO signage in place. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.