Louisville’s Much Ado: Always Dreaming and Project Win for Sewers

May 08

Louisville’s Much Ado: Always Dreaming and Project Win for Sewers

For the city of Louisville, the Kentucky Derby is all the rage with fun, fanfare and spectacular colts and fillies. This not-to-be-missed event is a race that runs the distance of one and one-quarter miles long, and it is run on the dirt racetrack at Churchill Downs. Colts in the race carry 126 pounds and fillies in the race carry 121 pounds. Taking place on the first Saturday in May every year, there are many hands involved in prep work. This year’s crowd drew over 158,000 onlookers. The Derby is the longest continually held sporting event in America. The event this year was a wet go around with rain and mud but ‘Always Dreaming’ took the win anyway. Way to go! But there’s also another win for the Derby City. This one is called ‘Project Win’; specifically designed to control sewer overflows and improve water quality in Louisville. The earliest sewers in Louisville were built in the 1800’s to drain storm water into a river or stream after a rain event.  When indoor plumbing became common in Louisville homes, a sanitary sewer became necessary to drain wastewater.  Projects to accomplish the most effective and stable drainage system for the city have been at the forefront of city organizers for many years.  Additionally-expected during summer-a major reconstruction project will take place for the city. A large expansion of the downtown Waterfront Park on the Ohio River banks will include a 22-acre site plan with the intent to increase green infrastructure. Residents can also expect the site to incorporate interactive features that will connect Portland and downtown, becoming a regional attraction for visitors to downtown in West Louisville from 10th Street to Rowan Street. The project has been years in the making and will enhance the quality of life for residents looking for an enhanced waterfront experience. It will also serve as an impetus for economic development and improved...

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Louisville’s Rain Surge: Limited Water Usage Lessens Impact on Sewer

Mar 01

Louisville’s Rain Surge: Limited Water Usage Lessens Impact on Sewer

Louisville, it’s raining and pouring! The city has experienced severe storms which not only lead to school closures but flooding, power outages, and ill-prepared driving conditions. As 60 mile-per-hour winds and quarter-sized hail sped through the city, area residents have lost power on both sides of the Ohio River, including as many as 13,000 in Jefferson and Oldham Counties, and nearly 900 in Floyd County. Be advised when traveling that the worst of the street flooding was reported on Taylor Boulevard near Iroquois High School. Additionally, Billtown Road pumping station has received over 2.60 inches of rain. Clogged storm drains are also being addressed. When heavy rain such as this occurs, it is recommended that homeowners decrease their water usage. Waiting up to 24 hours to run your dishwasher or do laundry can lessen the impact on a- already overloaded- sewer system. Louisville, did you know? There is a way homeowners can help minimize the amount of rainwater that enters the community’s wastewater system. The city is offering free programs to help you modify and correct improperly installed drainage connections. The most popular of these programs is the Downspout Disconnection Program. By enrolling in this program, you can receive a one-time incentive of $100 for each downspout disconnected from the wastewater system on your property. More Bluegrass News: the City of Frankfort was recently approved for several loans to assist in the overhaul of sanitary sewer and storm water systems throughout the city. Frankfort has approximately 14,000 customers and treats wastewater for an area of Woodford County that includes 21 customers. The authorized loans will be used to rehabilitate and replace up to 41,500 linear feet of old sewer lines with 12 to 24 inch PVC gravity lines. With this, flooding issues on specific roadways within the city will be eradicated. The project will also eliminate the persisting sanitary sewer overflows and reduce the inflow/infiltration into the sewer system....

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Louisville Builds a Mega Sewer to Reduce Overflows

Dec 12

Louisville Builds a Mega Sewer to Reduce Overflows

Louisville has an extensive sewer system and the city has been obliged to bring their sewer systems up to date in order to withstand the occurrences of heavy rain events. In the recent past, storms have produced overflows and conditions that have precluded this required obligation. Nearby residents can expect ongoing construction of a high-tech, massive tunnel system complete with a 20 million gallon sewage storage basin designed to sharply reduce bacteria-laden overflows into the Ohio River. All of the construction in process will necessitate some of the area parks, specifically Shawnee Park, to be unavailable for months to come. Nearby roadways will also limited thoroughfare during this time. The spacious and historic park will be vastly renewed with over $2 million in upgrades, including redesigned athletic fields for the sports enthusiast. There will also be additions that will include open-air pavilions and more. The current project is expected to be completed within the next four years. An underground basin will collect and temporarily store rain and sewage from three overflow locations that now dump on average 115 million gallons into the Ohio River. The sewer overflows that are produced from heavy rain are expected to drastically decrease by at least 75% upon completion of the project. The tunnel will serve nine combined storm and sewage overflow points. Additionally, some trees will be removed and replaced with appropriate landscaping.  This western Louisville Park has been in line for a major overhaul for some time and is now being renovated entirely. The underground basin will be 480 feet by 208 feet, and 55 feet deep-deep enough to enclose a five-story building. Interesting fact: Louisville has had 11 storms with 3 inches or more of rain in 24 hours in the last decade. Contact us today for all your pipelining needs:...

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