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West Park Improvements Complete

Date added: 05-Sep-2018 08:59 AM

West Park Improvements CompleteMayor David Briley, Council Member Mary Carolyn Roberts, and officials from Metro Parks and Metro Water Services (MWS) celebrated the completion of major improvements at West Park on August 18, 2018. Enhancements to West Park, which began in 2015 as a collaborative project between Metro Parks and MWS, include new recreation amenities as well as updated wastewater system infrastructure to improve water quality in Richland Creek.
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Metro Nashville receives CAP/ER approval

Date added: 01-Mar-2018 07:39 AM

Metro Nashville receives CAP/ER approvalIn late August 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), approved the Corrective Action Plan / Engineering Report for Sanitary Sewer Overflows (CAP/ER). The CAP/ER outlines Metro Water Services’ plan to address sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) in Davidson County and is one of two key pillars of the Clean Water Nashville Overflow Abatement Program.
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CWWTP: Gathering neighborhood input

Date added: 01-Mar-2018 07:28 AM

CWWTP: Gathering neighborhood inputOn January 15, 2018, Metro Water Services (MWS) participated in a meeting with residents from the redeveloping neighborhoods of Salemtown and Germantown to discuss the improvements to the nearby Central Wastewater Treatment Plant (CWWTP).
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Assessing and rehabilitating manholes

Date added: 01-Mar-2018 07:16 AM

Assessing and rehabilitating manholes During numerous sewer evaluation and rehabilitation projects, the Clean Water Nashville Overflow Abatement Program assesses the condition of manholes to identify...
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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.