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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: 4/13/2021
Volume:  Less than 25 gallons per field observation                                                                                                   
Location:  3300 block of Moody St                                                 
Latitude:  33.180229
Longitude:  -87.579619
Destination:  Onto ground
Cause:  Debris

Action: Waste Water personnel responded to a sanitary sewer overflow at 3300 block of Moody St.. SSO signage has been posted and vacuum trucks were used to reclaim 100% of sewer discharge. City crews disinfected the affected area. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 4/12/2021
Volume:  Less than 100 gallons per field observation                                                                                                   
Location:  #30 Signal Hill LS58                                                  
Latitude:  33.283299
Longitude:  -87.493341
Destination:  Unnamed tributary to Lake Tuscaloosa
Cause:  Pump Station Equipment Failure

Action: Waste Water personnel responded to a sanitary sewer overflow at the City's Lift Station 58 located at #30 Signal Hill. Maintenance technicians have responded to make repairs to lift station equipment. SSO signage has been posted and vacuum trucks are bypassing the station until repairs are complete. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have been notified. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 4/9/2021
Volume:  Less than 50 gal. Per field observation                                                                                                   
Location:  1800 Block of 10th Ave                                                   
Latitude:  33.194903
Longitude:  -87.551171
Destination:  Onto Ground
Cause:  Debris

Action: Waste Water personnel responded to sewer discharge. Crews quickly unstopped city main line. City crews cleaned and disinfected the affected area. City crews were able to reclaim 100% of the discharge. SSO signage was posted. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 4/2/2021
Volume:  Less than 50 gal. Per field observation                                                                                                   
Location:  1500 Block of 4th Ave.                                                   
Latitude:  33.198502
Longitude:  -87.5402656
Destination:  Onto Ground
Cause:  Deteriorated MH

Action: Waste Water personnel responded to a Manhole overflow . Crews quickly unstopped city main line. City crews cleaned and disinfected the affected area. City crews were able to reclaim 100% of the discharge. SSO signage was posted. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 3/26/2021
Volume:  300 gal. approx.                                                                                                    
Location:  South Davis RD                                                    
Latitude:  33.176665
Longitude:  -87.382698
Destination:  Onto Ground
Cause:  Forcemain Failure

Action: Waste Water personnel responded to an odor complaint at South Davis RD . Crews found that the forcemain had failed. City contractor were dispatched to make repairs to the forcemain which ended the discharge. The SSO area was cleaned and disinfected. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 3/25/2021
Volume:  4,050 gal. approx.                                                                                                    
Location:  4000 block of Cherrystone Circle                                                     
Latitude:  33.179279
Longitude:  -87.588268
Destination:  UT to Cypress Creek
Cause:  Rainfall Event

Action: Waste Water personnel responded to a high wet well level at LS 21. Vacuum trucks are being used to mitigate the discharge. SSO signage is in place and city staff placed door notification at nearby residence. The SSO area was cleaned and disinfected. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

Date: 3/17/2021
Volume:  42,000 gal. approx.                                                                                                    
Location:  LS42 6000 block of Hargrove Rd                                                     
Latitude:  33.147048
Longitude:  -87.473426
Destination:  unnamed tributary that leads to Cottondale Creek which leads to Hurricane Creek
Cause:  LS Discharge

Action: Waste Water personnel responded to a high wet well alarm at LS42. Crews quickly activated LS pumps which ended the discharge. SSO signage is in place and city staff place door notification at nearby residence. The SSO area has been cleaned and disinfected. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are being notified.