The ‘Why’ for South Carolina’s New Sewers: Bigger, Better (and Beaver)

Jul 17

The ‘Why’ for South Carolina’s New Sewers: Bigger, Better (and Beaver)

The city of Aiken has encountered a few significant hurdles in its plans to rehabilitate the city’s sewer system. Fortunately, the city has encountered recent good fortune in the form of a state grant. And not a moment too soon. The city’s aging infrastructure is in need of restructuring and replacement, in order to keep the system functioning at the level of expectation. Rural Infrastructure Authority grants are awarded on a semi-annual basis through an analysis of several variables. The main prerequisites include sustainable initiatives and economic and environmental factors. The severity of the need is also a main consideration in the decision process. Other nearby infrastructure news: The main sewer line in Florence- that runs the length of a neighborhood creek- will be rehabilitated. Interestingly, one contributing factor is the unexpected increase in the beaver population. This has created a rise in flooding levels by approximately two ft. During wet weather events, beaver dams can cause backups in the sewer pipelines. In an attempt to avoid additional overflows, the city will install a new, more durable underground sewer line. Additionally, construction of new homes has seen an influx. In order to accommodate the growth, a replacement of the overworked pipeline is the best tactic for greater capacity of the system. Many South Carolina cities have begun to augment their sewer treatment plants and systems, in a similar effort to adjust to population demands and increased flooding events. Most of the larger Water and Sewer facilities, which are currently in construction, expect to see an increase in capacity of fifty percent or more. In order for these expansive projects to go forward, ratepayers will likely see a nominal adjustment in monthly utility billing. Fun fact: did you know young beavers are called kits? A beaver will remain in their colony for nearly 2 years prior to...

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The City of Columbia’s Comprehensive Sewer Review

May 11

The City of Columbia’s Comprehensive Sewer Review

The City of Columbia’s Capacity Assurance Program (CAP) is a program that reviews all new sewer service connections and increased wastewater flow. This review follows specific criteria to determine if the City’s wastewater system has sufficient capacity to accept new connections and increased flows. The CAP is a part of the Columbia’s comprehensive program to reduce and prevent sanitary sewer overflows. The City is required to implement a CAP that meets federal and state approval. As part of its Capital Improvement Program, the City regularly identifies projects that could improve sewer capacity. Columbia has completed numerous projects that have avoided many capacity limitations within the system, including upgrading all of its major sewer pump stations, rehabilitating a major sewer outfall, and upgrading capacity at the wastewater treatment plant. In recent years, Columbia has been dedicated to rehabilitating the sewer system in order to address the existing problems of raw sewage overflows. Based on the sewer system assessment and requirements, the city developed and implemented remedial projects and infrastructure upgrades to address these conditions. The remedial projects were in addition to infrastructure upgrades already underway. The city has also established specific programs designed to ensure proper management, operation and maintenance of its sewer system over the long-term to prevent future sewer overflows. At an estimated cost of $750 million, Columbia has agreed to undertake a thorough assessment of, and implement extensive improvements to its sanitary sewer system. The initiatives for reducing sewer overflows focus on prioritizing issues of human health and the environment. 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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