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
Volume: Approx. 5,000gal.
Location: 4100 Block of Walton Ave,
Destination: Storm drain that leads to UT to Cribbs Mill Creek
Cause: Damaged by Contractor
Action: Waste water personnel responded to a call of a manhole discharge. When crews arrived they quickly unstopped the sewer line and determined that is was caused by a contractor that pushed debris into manhole. Crews got all debris out and proceeded then to clean and disinfect the affected area. SSO signage was placed out by crews. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department is being notified as well as the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.