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Mayor Barry visits sewer rehabilitation project

Date added: 25-Jul-2016 07:34 AM

Mayor Barry visits sewer rehabilitation projectMayor Megan Barry recently visited Clean Water Nashville’s 28th Avenue Rehabilitation – Area 1 project site to learn more about how Nashville’s aging sewer infrastructure is being renewed. As pictured, B.J. Kersteins of Insituform Technologies, Inc. (the construction contractor for this work) shows Mayor Barry a cured-in-place pipe liner. The pipe liner is inserted in the sewer to renew the system without excavating streets. Repairing sewers in this way extends the life of the system and addresses downstream overflows by reducing the amount of rainwater that infiltrates the system.
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Community Engagement

Date added: 01-Mar-2016 08:19 AM

Community EngagementClean Water Nashville Overflow Abatement Program (CWNOAP) team leaders shared plans for renewing wastewater system infrastructure in North Nashville with over 150 area residents gathered for a February 27 community meeting hosted by Metro Council District 3 representative Brenda Haywood.
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2015 highlights include completion of major projects

Date added: 24-Aug-2016 08:50 AM

2015 highlights include completion of major projectsDODSON CHAPEL PIPE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT, located in Metro Council Districts 11 and 14, was completed in December 2015.

MILL CREEK/OPRYLAND EQUALIZATION FACILITY, PHASE II, increased storage capacity with the addition of a 19-million gallon, pre-stressed concrete wastewater storage tank adjacent to an existing 15-million gallon tank. The project was completed in April 2015.

COWAN RIVERSIDE REHABILITATION AREA 1—JONES AVENUE was conducted to renew aging infrastructure and to address downstream overflows by reducing the amount of rainfall that can enter the system through defects.
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Service lines connect citizens to public sewer system

Date added: 10-Feb-2016 02:23 PM

Service lines connect citizens to public sewer systemTHE CLEAN WATER NASHVILLE PROGRAM is constructing sewer rehabilitation projects to renew sewer infrastructure and reduce overflows that may lead to water quality impairments. These sewer rehabilitation projects are located throughout the county, including large projects currently under construction in Council Districts 2, 5, 7, 8 and 29.
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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.