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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South Carolina: Home to Sea Turtles and Old World Monkeys

Apr 21

South Carolina: Home to Sea Turtles and Old World Monkeys

South Carolina is home to a wide variety of habitat types, including hemlock-blanketed mountains, rolling sand hills, flooded cypress forests, and sunny palmetto-lined beaches.  Another fascination are Sea Islands.  Morgan Island, aka Monkey Island, is an uninhabited island in South Carolina that is home to the only free-ranging colony of Old World monkeys in the United States. There are around 3,500 monkeys on the island.  Though law strictly prohibits people from going onto the island, the monkeys are often seen walking the beaches, sun bathing in the tree-tops, and in the marshes. South Carolina is also home to a noteworthy reptile, namely, the loggerhead sea turtle. This is the most common sea turtle in South Carolina. The nesting season is just beginning and runs from mid-May to mid-August. Nests are typically made between the high tide line and the dune front, on ocean beaches and occasionally on estuarine (where a river meets the sea) shorelines with suitable sand. The average clutch size in South Carolina is 120 eggs, with the average incubation duration of 55 – 60 days.  Loggerheads are named for the size of their head relative to their body. These sea turtles can be found hundreds of miles out to sea or in inshore waters such as bays, lagoons, salt marshes, creeks, ship channels, and the mouths of large rivers. Coral reefs, rocky places, and ship wrecks draw large amounts of marine life and are great feeding areas. Scientists believe that loggerheads are long lived and could live to 50 years or more. 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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Charleston’s Heavy Rain Sets Record, Causes Floods

Apr 01

Charleston’s Heavy Rain Sets Record, Causes Floods

The city of Charleston and many surrounding areas have been no stranger to the havoc severe rain and flooding can cause.  Just a few short months ago, 21 South Carolina counties recorded double-digit rainfall in five days, and one rain gauge in Charleston County tallied 26.88 inches of rain.  In South Carolina, several variations of flood hazards occur due to the different effects of severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, seasonal rains and other weather-related conditions. The State’s low-lying topography, combined with its humid subtropical climate, makes it highly vulnerable to inland or riverine flooding.  Riverine flooding occurs when the flow of rainwater runoff is greater than the carrying capacities of the natural drainage systems. The largest riverine flood in South Carolina, based on the area affected, was the 1903 flood. Relentless rains associated with warm moist air and a low-pressure system caused this flood. In comparison to riverine flooding, coastal flooding is usually the result of a severe weather system such as a tropical storm or hurricane, which contains an element of high winds. The damaging effects of coastal floods are caused by a combination of storm surge, wind, rain, erosion and battering by debris. In the event of potential flooding, there are a few measures you can take to thwart damage.   Homeowners are advised to install check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home. It’s also a good idea to review your insurance policy. Flood coverage is not part of most homeowner, mobile home or renter’s insurance policies and there is a 30-day waiting period for coverage to take effect. Save the Dates: Perma-Liner Industries has a lineup of events for you to attend!  All are invited to come to one, or if you’re adventurous, all of our LIVE DEMOS coming up in April and May. You can go to www.perma-liner.com/or call 1-866-336-2568 to register and find out more but first…here are the dates and locations to save: We’ll be in Dallas April 5th, Seattle April 27th, Chicago May 4th and Philadelphia May 18th. You can expect to have our knowledgeable staff showing you the latest CIPP technology. We want to see you...

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Powdersville Receives Award for Water Program

Feb 25

Powdersville Receives Award for Water Program

South Carolina’s Powdersville Water District was the first water utility in the state to receive the prized Directors Award in the Partnership for Safe Water Distribution System Optimization Program.  The Powdersville Water District was formed in 1971 and supplies an average of 3.5 million gallons daily of high-quality water to approximately 12,500 connections through a 400-mile distribution network. Storage is 3.6 million gallons and consists of a relatively new 1-million-gallon elevated tank, two 300,000-gallon elevated tanks, and two 1-million-gallon ground storage tanks.  Because of the hilly terrain and supply connections located at a higher elevation than the rest of the system, the district is completely gravity fed. The district also maintains one pump station for the sole task of reducing peak flows in the morning and afternoon hours. The service area is located along the Interstate 85 corridor between Charlotte and Atlanta and is growing rapidly. Powdersville is seeing numerous new subdivisions and commercial developments opening each year. The City has worked with a rate consultant for over ten years to maintain an accurate estimate of its financial needs. All financial plans are adopted by the district’s nine-member board and all actions are properly advertised to the district’s customers. Public board meetings are held monthly and include customer input at every meeting. Charleston, great news! Perma-Liner Industries is having our open house at our Clearwater Florida headquarters!! You are cordially invited on March 9th and 10th to see our demonstrations on state-of-the-art CIPP (Cured-in Place-Pipeline) equipment and features. New technology will be included in our demos along with a raffle to win a prize and you’ll get pre-approved for zero down, no payments for 90 days financing. Our staff can’t wait to see you. YOUR success is our success! Make it happen!  Please call to confirm your reservation....

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Clemson University Educates on Watershed and Wetlands

Jan 25

Clemson University Educates on Watershed and Wetlands

Clemson University is promoting sustainability through a series of educational programs designed to insight conversation and thought- provoking analysis of environmental topics. The Center for Watershed Excellence on campus has initiated various outreach and educational programs that support the development and implementation of community-based, cost-effective watershed management programs. The ‘Carolina Clear’ program was developed to inform and educate South Carolina communities about water quality, water quantity and the cumulative effects of storm water. The water resources conference coordinated by Clemson University’s Institute of Computational Ecology in partnership with the Center for Watershed Excellence provides an open forum to discuss such topics in addition to current water policies, research projects and water management in the state. Held every other year, the 2016 conference will be held in October and will provide an integrated forum for discussion of all things ‘water’ in order to prepare for and meet the growing challenge of providing water resources to sustain and grow South Carolina’s economy, while preserving natural resources. Another initiative delves into the concept of waterways. This resource challenges and educates on the topic of Floating Wetlands. Floating wetlands are essentially container gardens that float on the surface of ponds and lakes. Using flowering plants that are native to South Carolina’s wetlands.  Floating wetlands have the unique ability to manage water pollution and improve the appearance of the waterbody. As a result, they have a monumental potential for use in residential storm water ponds which are managed not only to protect water quality but also to be attractive landscape features that enhance property values in the community. Floating wetlands can help manage excessive weed growth, algae blooms, and fish kills all the while adding value to the community by improving the look of...

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The Drain Pro Success Story in Lexington

Jan 07

The Drain Pro Success Story in Lexington

In whatever area you live, Perma-Liner Industries will recommend the best plumbers for tough jobs.  For one such job, Drain Pro was just the right choice for the given task.  A homeowner’s flooded pet cemetery caused by heavy rains and a clogged drain pipe (located in a 2-acre pond in Lexington, S.C.) required an expert in the field. In the month of January, the challenge of cold water is a given, but the water level needed to be negotiated, as well. A 15-foot-high earthen dam across a stream in a heavily wooded area had created the 65-year-old pond. The only way to reach the outfall to inspect the pipe was down the face of the dam.  After toil and trouble, the Bergeron crew heading up Drain Pro, was able to access and inspect the pipe which revealed not only vegetation and heavy scaling in areas, but two dead turtles causing a blockage. Ultimately, know-how, ingenious by the working team and Perma-Liner’s Perma-Lateral lining system all got the job done together! The end result? A happy homeowner! YOUR success is our success. Charleston, Perma-Liner Industries cordially invites you to The UCT (Underground Construction Technology) conference in Atlanta, Georgia! Taking place on February 3rd and 4th at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta. Register BEFORE January 14th for best rate. Looking forward to meet you there!! For 21 years, the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT), has been the meeting place for business-professionals involved in maintaining the underground utility pipe infrastructure. Individuals representing water, sewer, gas, telecom and electric rely on UCT to learn about the latest techniques used in trenchless, open cut, new construction and pipe rehabilitation. Major academic and industry sponsors offer seminars before, during and after. Nearly 200 exhibitors showcase equipment and technologies used to maintain utility piping...

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Improvement Program for Charleston’s Drainage Ditches

Dec 14

Improvement Program for Charleston’s Drainage Ditches

Ditches not only provide an efficient and effective means for the discharge of stormwater but also reduce the level of ground water, provide storage and can reduce pollutants commonly found in stormwater runoff. In neighborhoods with open ditches, a property owner may elect to improve the property by requesting the city to pipe existing drainage ditches. In this program, the property owner will be responsible for the cost of the permit, an engineering fee, materials, and a per-foot cost for labor and equipment. The city of Charleston offers ditch piping services to property owners who wish to make aesthetic improvements by filling existing drainage ditches. Keep in mind, ditches that lie solely within the limits of a private property and are not part of the public drainage system are not eligible for the ditch piping program. An engineer will first inspect the property to review the master drainage and floodplain management plan to determine if it is in an area with a history of flood problems to insure that the work will not adversely affect properties within the drainage basin and to incorporate any recommendations of the plan into the design of the pipe system. During this time there will also be a cost estimate prepared. The estimate provided by the city to the property owner will be valid for a period of three months. Charleston, Perma-liner Industries has some exciting information that must be shared now as time is of the essence! It’s the Section 179 Deduction. This allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. Give us a call so we can offer you our very best products and services now.  1-866-336-2568/...

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