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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Louisville’s Storm Protection Strategy: A Flood Gate

Jul 11

Louisville’s Storm Protection Strategy: A Flood Gate

The city of Louisville has recently pledged its commitment to maintain the existing infrastructure and improve its flood conditions. Since the pumping stations and levees were built, Louisville has added more hard surfaces like roads, parking lots, and buildings-creating even more potential floodwaters- resulting in pumping stations that no longer have enough capacity to sufficiently protect the city. Much of that development occurred before there were requirements to protect flood plains. Studies have also shown the number of storms with 3 inches of rain or more in 24 hours – a two-year storm – has doubled in the last decade, compared to the conditions 50 years. Louisville is strategizing to implement best practices to curb massive sewage overflows. The sewer district has also researched the most efficient means to move and temporarily store sewage and rain in its combined storm and sewer lines. An innovative approach, on the horizon for neighborhoods within Louisville, is a new flood gate to circumvent massive rains. The flood gate is16 feet wide, 24 feet tall and 45,000 pounds of custom-crafted metal and will replace a rusted, corroded gate. The city has 29 miles of levees and walls with rains that are inundating Louisville neighborhoods that need to be pumped out. The $850,000 flood gate project is underway and is expected to provide protection for decades, safeguarding 70,000 homes and 6,000 businesses in more than 40 neighborhoods. The rain torrents, just months ago, lead to approximately 100 water rescues, water standing 8-10 feet high, and interstate ramp closures. The city could face devastating flooding if the pumping stations fail during high waters and rain. Coming soon: Perma-Liner Industries is busy making plans for you. We’re planning a “Trenchless Tour” on July 27th in Waterbury, Connecticut. Click Here to Register! Or call 1-866-336-2568. See you...

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Louisville’s Eye on Climate Change and Economy

Jun 22

Louisville’s Eye on Climate Change and Economy

Climate is an important influence upon our economy and the lifestyles of people in communities throughout Kentucky. However, climate is variable. The city of Louisville recently analyzed periods of warming and cooling which occurred in the past Century, along with precipitation data. Kentucky’s climate has been warming since the most recent cool period of the 1960 through the 70’s. The Metropolitan Sewer District board is reviewing a possible rate increase to help cover some $1 billion in capital projects.  Recent reports show how the frequency of intense storms-those dropping three inches of rain or more-have doubled within the last decade with experts warning of global warming which would subsequently stir up bigger storms, notwithstanding the longer periods of drought.  Weather radar that has been studied shows the frequency of three-inch rains in local areas that are expected to increase from one every 2.6 years to one every year. Although, rainfall totals can vary widely across the county during any storm. With more flooding events likely, the city is recommending upgrades, county-wide, improving drainage system capabilities. A side note…When flooding occurs the flood pumping stations can be useful in order to pump out stored rainy sewage waters. Such is the case for the nearly 65-year-old Paddy’s Run Flood Pumping Station in West Louisville. The station may now run for months in a year, instead of only a few days a year as it is has been a vital component of recent wet weather events. More than half of the 16 flood pumping stations are beyond their 50-year designed lifespan. The expected increase will also address the pumping stations and there current state of usefulness. Coming soon: Perma-Liner Industries is busy making plans for you. We’re planning a “Trenchless Tour” on July 27th in the New England area. We’ll be posting more information on this spectacular event…stay...

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