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Driftwood Equalization Facility modifications completed, doubling facility's capacity

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:31 AM

Driftwood Equalization Facility modifications completed, doubling facility's capacityThe Driftwood Equalization Facility, located on the eastern edge of downtown Nashville, off of Hermitage Avenue on Visco Drive, has been modified to store an additional 3.2 million gallons of combined sewage during peak rain events. This project is a means of reducing or eliminating wet weather overflows during major rain events.

By raising the concrete walls at Driftwood’s open storage facility and installing six new weir gates, CWN has doubled water detention capacity to almost 7 million gallons.
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Lakewood Infrastructure Improvement Project Open House held

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:32 AM

Lakewood Infrastructure Improvement Project Open House heldConstruction will begin in January 2014 to renew water and wastewater infrastructure in the Lakewood community. In advance of that construction, a community open house was held to provide community members information about the project, which is part of a citywide initiative to meet the U.S. Clean Water Act and replace aged infrastructure to benefit future generations.

The project will modernize Lakewood’s water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, the results of which will include improving water flow, reducing standing water during big rain events, and addressing sewer overflows.
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Clean Water Nashville Program supports the Cumberland River Compact by entering the Dragon Boat Race!

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:28 AM

Clean Water Nashville Program supports the Cumberland River Compact by entering the Dragon Boat Race!Each year the Cumberland River compact hosts the Cumberland River Dragon boat festival, which includes a daylong series of Dragon boat races along the Cumberland River at Riverfront Park. This year the Clean Water Nashville Program supported the festival, including entering a team in the Dragon Boat race competition held on September 7.
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Lakewood improvement plans advance

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:32 AM

Lakewood improvement plans advanceClean Water OAP continues preparation for a major infrastructure renewal project in the Lakewood community. The project will include updating aged water and wastewater infrastructure and addressing longstanding problems of localized flooding in yards and roadways caused by stormwater.
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Clean Water Nashville Program 5-year Update

In 2011, the Metropolitan Government through the Department of Water Services (MWS) began an ambitious program to fulfill Clean Water Act requirements by planning, designing, and constructing wastewater system improvements in a cost-effective manner to enhance water quality for the Nashville community. This program, known as the Clean Water Nashville Program, continues MWS’s commitment of reducing wastewater overflows to the environment. The Cumberland River and Nashville’s other creeks and streams are some of the community’s greatest resources. The Cumberland is an abundant source of drinking water, a place for recreation, and a major contributor to economic investment and increased quality of life. It is our obligation to ensure the health of this great river. It is also time to update the wastewater system. In some cases, the sewer pipes we are replacing were installed anywhere from 75 to 100 years ago.

Now in its sixth year, the Clean Water Nashville Program has achieved considerable advancement for both environmental compliance and overall system improvements across Davidson County.

Program highlights include:

  • Establishment of Clean Water Nashville, a dedicated program to administer an 11-year, $1.3 to $1.5 billion capital initiative to renew Nashville’s wastewater infrastructure, comply with the Clean Water Act, and improve water quality;

  • Elimination of the downtown Broadway and Van Buren combined sewer overflow locations that had previously allowed wastewater to overflow into the Cumberland River for more than 100 years;

  • A capacity increase at the Driftwood Equalization Facility, located on the east edge of downtown, to prevent combined sewer overflow discharges into the Cumberland resulting from heavy wet weather events during a typical year;

  • Completion of the replacement of are aware of the purpose, impacts, and work schedules. In all cases, the Program demands that projects are conducted in an expeditious manner and that Nashville Program has achieved considerable advancement for both environmental compliance and overall system improvements across Davidson County.

  • Completion of 13 major construction projects with continuing construction on 15 more projects throughout MWS’s service area.

Conducting this work is sometimes disruptive to community life because it often requires digging in roadways, rights-of-way, and private property. Recognizing that, the program is committed to proactive communication with property owners, residents, and Council members so that all parties public and private properties be left in the same or better condition than when our work began.

Much work lies ahead, and MWS continues to work with EPA and TDEC to improve the overall program. Nine new construction projects are scheduled to begin this year with ten more slated to begin in 2018. These projects are producing strong results and benefits. Each project, whether small or large, makes a contribution to the incremental improvement of water quality in area creeks and streams and the Cumberland River. And we are making an important investment in system renewal that will benefit future generations of Nashvillians.