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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.

 
 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  04/18/2019

Volume: Approximately 1200 gal                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 Location: 2100 block of Antietam Avenue

Latitude: 33.238515                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Longitude:  -87.543169

Destination: Unnamed tributary to Black Warrior River

Cause: Debris

Action:  Waste Water personnel responded to a manhole sanitary sewer overflow near the 2100 block of Antietam Avenue.  Crews unstopped the City main which ended the manhole discharge. Crews cleaned the spillage area and posted SSO signage. Door notifications were placed at nearby homes. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department have been notified.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  04/12/2019

Volume: Approximately 600 gallons                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 Location: Lift Station #40/Vicinity of 15911 Progress Drive

Latitude:     33.188111                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Longitude:  -87.317290

Destination: Onto Ground/Potential to reach Little Hurricane Creek

Cause: ARV failure

Action:  Waste Water personnel responded to a sanitary sewer overflow which was attributed to a failed air release valve in the vicinity of 15911 Progress Drive.  Crews replaced the ARV valve, vacuumed/mitigated discharge from the ground and applied lime for disinfection. Crews replaced the ARV valve; erected caution tape around the discharge area and posted SSO signage. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department have been notified.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  04/05/2019

Volume: Approximately 10 gallons

Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. & 5th St.

Latitude:     33.207392

Longitude:  -87.577398

Destination: Onto Ground

Cause: ARV failure

Action: Watewater personnel was called out to an ARV discharging. We were able to turn the ARV off which then ended the discharge. Crews cleaned, disinfect, and fenced off the affected area. SSO signage is in place. We also notified public via door-door brochures. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department have been notified.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  04/02/2019

Volume: Approximately 6,000 gallons

Location: 4010 Kauloosa Ave

Latitude:     33.173013

Longitude:  -87.566267

Destination: Cribbs Mill Creek

Cause: Damaged Line

Action: Wastewater personnel responded to a sewer discharge just west of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Personnel quickly discovered that the transfer line from digester #4 was damaged and discharging into the creek. Personnel quickly turned pumps off which ended the discharge. SSO signage is in place. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department have been notified.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date:  04/02/2019

Volume: Less than 4,500 gallons 

Location: Intersection of 29th Ave. & 25th St.

Latitude:     33.190367

Longitude:  -87.572834

Destination: UT to Cypress Creek

Cause: Damaged Line

Action: Wastewater personnel responded to an odor call. When they arrived on site they determined that there was sewer getting into the creek. Wastewater crews then went to chase down where the sewer was entering the the storm drain. We then had a truck come out we unstopped the sewer line and then cleaned it. We had vacuum truck set up on the downstream side of Cypress Creek to vacuum up as much sewer as possible. We placed out SSO sigange and door brochures at the nearby residents. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as the Tuscaloosa County Health Department have been notified.