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Plans for CWWTP Expansion

Date added: 01-Sep-2017 02:47 PM

Plans for CWWTP ExpansionMetro Water Services is advancing plans for a major expansion of the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant (CWWTP). The plant was originally constructed in 1958 and has been expanded several times through the years to address environmental quality standards and to meet demands of Nashville’s growth.
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Clean Water Nashville projects nearing completion

Date added: 01-Sep-2017 02:44 PM

Clean Water Nashville projects nearing completionA handful of large-scale Clean Water Nashville Overflow Abatement Program (CWNOAP) projects will be completed in late 2017 and early 2018, renewing system infrastructure and boosting Nashville’s compliance with the Clean Water Act by reducing wastewater overflows into the environment.
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Remote-controlled cameras provide eyes for underground pipe repairs

Date added: 01-Sep-2017 01:38 PM

Remote-controlled cameras provide eyes for underground pipe repairsThe majority of Nashville’s sewer system lies hidden beneath streets and buried in easements. Since it cannot be readily observed, Metro Water Services (MWS) deploys a variety of technologies to assess the system’s condition.
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West Park Equalization Facility Phase II is taking shape

Date added: 23-Feb-2017 01:57 PM

West Park Equalization Facility Phase II is taking shapeConstruction of a new, circular-shaped 260-foot diameter, 21 million gallon wet weather storage tank increases the capacity of wastewater storage during wet weather events. The new storage tank will be utilized when sewer flows exceed the capacity of the existing West Park Pump Station.
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Remote-controlled cameras provide eyes for underground pipe repairs

The majority of Nashville’s sewer system lies hidden beneath streets and buried in easements. Since it cannot be readily observed, Metro Water Services (MWS) deploys a variety of technologies to assess the system’s condition.

One of those technologies, known as closed circuit television (CCTV) inspection, involves viewing the inside of a pipe via a remotely-operated camera in the sewer. The camera, typically installed on a small wheel-based chassis, records video as it travels down the pipe. The video can be viewed in real time by the operator or saved for future evaluation.

CCTV inspection is a fundamental tool utilized by MWS and the Clean Water Nashville Overflow Abatement Program (CWNOAP) to assess the condition of the sewer system, including:

  • Confirming pipe material, pipe size, and location of service laterals
  • Locating obstructions such as roots, grease, or debris that may require cleaning
  • Identifying evidence of groundwater infiltration or rainfall-derived infiltration and inflow that may need to be sealed to prevent sanitary sewer overflows
  • Locating structural defects within the pipe that may lead to future pipe failures
Mounted on a wheeled “rover” chassis (shown in Photo 1), closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras provide eyes that assist with maintenance and repairs of the underground sewer system. The camera identifies cracked and broken pipe sections (Photo 2) and locations of debris, grease, or roots (Photo 3) that may block the sewer. CCTV inspection can also identify locations of unwanted groundwater infiltration (Photo 4) that reduce available capacity. Occasionally wildlife, such as a mouse (Photo 5) or a snake (photo 6), enter the system through larger defects. With CCTV inspection, defects can be identified and repaired, restoring the pipe to its proper function (Photo 6)

Detecting problems via CCTV inspection is only half the job; the next step is to fix them. If an obstruction is identified, MWS can send remotely-operated cleaning equipment into the sewer to remove the potential blockage and restore the capacity of the sewer pipe.

If significant structural defects or leaks are observed, MWS has a high-tech solution for that part, too. As long as a pipe isn’t severely damaged, MWS can use a technology called cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining to rehabilitate the pipe through the installation of a seamless, tight-fitting, corrosion-resistant liner within the original host pipe.

This new lining improves pipe hydraulics, restores the pipe to a structurally sound condition, and addresses leaks into and out of the sewer.