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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Indianapolis Suburbs Assist Environment with Man-Made Strategies

Nov 11

Indianapolis Suburbs Assist Environment with Man-Made Strategies

Many cities throughout the Midwest are heeding the call to keep the environment in which we live protected and free of hazardous pollutants. A junkyard facility in the suburbs of Indianapolis is mapping out a strategy to do just that. The city is projecting an expense of nearly $1.5 million to build a storm water treatment plant, as well as holding ponds, consisting of a million-gallon capacity. This is an inventive means to stop years of pollution in its tracks and help support the environment. Heavy rains washing off roads, parking lots and buildings are placing a burden on shared sewer and storm pipes, particularly in the older parts of Louisville. This has also caused massive spills to Beargrass Creek and the Ohio River, totaling over 5 billion gallons as recent as last year. Surprisingly, this is approximately 1 billion gallons more than an estimated 10-year average.  Historically, rain events are analyzed in terms of their chances of occurring in any single year. For instance, a 100-year storm would have a 1 percent chance of happening in any year. By contrast, a five-year storm would have a 20 percent chance of occurring in any year, while a two-year storm would have a 50 percent chance. The District is also now designing seven giant underground storage basins and a 2.5-mile-long tunnel to temporarily hold the mixture of rain and sewage for treatment later. Fortunately, in the years ahead these capacity issues will be alleviated as the city is on the verge of its best solution to address an overloaded system with an organized system. Save the date! Perma-Liner Industries is preparing for our California Trenchless Tour! It’s taking place in Concord, California on December 6th-8th. For details on all the educational demos on CIPP and events we’ve planned for you, please visit our website or call us: www.perma-liner.com /...

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Somerset and Ferguson Join Forces on Sewer Upgrades

Apr 26

Somerset and Ferguson Join Forces on Sewer Upgrades

The city of Somerset has plans to expand the Ferguson sewer system.  Currently, considerations for funding the sewer line expansion are underway.  In addition to other potential funding, Somerset received a low-interest loan and grant which will be directly applied toward the sewer system upgrades. The to-be-installed 20,500 feet of 8-inch gravity sewer lines will serve 153 customers and include 73 manholes and two lift stations. The existing sewage collection lines in Ferguson are outdated and have reached the end of their useful capacity, with the original system being installed nearly 60 years ago. The sewerage system expansion project is predominantly planned for residences east of Murphy Avenue. The city expects the upgrade to benefit, not only the environment, but the economy as well.  After negotiations, which subsequently lead to an agreement between the two cities, sewage from Ferguson is treated by Somerset’s sewage treatment plant. Did you know the city of Louisville is considered a heat island, which is a city that is significantly warmer than its surrounding areas? A study was recently conducted to review solutions to the higher than normal temperatures. In some areas, it can be up to ten degrees higher than others. The problem this poses, in addition to costlier utility bills, is serious health issues. After the fact-finding was completed, recommendations were given to reduce the heat island through simple, yet effective strategies. The two main ideas include either cooling or greening.  Installing cool roofs, especially on commercial buildings that have flat roofs, is an option. Cool roofs are white or light-colored as opposed to the traditional black roof. Another option is to install green roofs that use plants and grasses, rather than rubber or tar. A green roof has the added benefit of improving air quality, soaking up rain water, and keeping it out of the sewer system. Certified Installers take note: Perma-Liner Industries would like to invite you to our Refresher Training (Perma-Lateral™ specific) that will take place on July 12th and 13th at our Clearwater facility!! Please plan on attending. Register by calling 1-866-336-2568 or Click Here! See you...

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