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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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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