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MWS hosts mobile workshop

Date added: 14-Dec-2015 08:18 AM

MWS hosts mobile workshopIn November 2015, Nashville was home to the National League of Cities 2015 Congress of Cities, and Metro Water Services (MWS) proudly hosted a contingent of the visiting municipal officials for a workshop about the Clean Water Nashville Overflow Abatement Program (Program).
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Smoke testing yields clues for system repair

Date added: 26-Aug-2015 07:35 AM

Smoke testing yields clues for system repairCLEAN WATER NASHVILLE USES A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES to assess the condition of the underground sewer system. One of those techniques, smoke testing, is a low-tech method, but can be effective at identifying potential defects in the system.
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Natural setting shapes repair approach

Date added: 26-Aug-2015 07:33 AM

Natural setting shapes repair approachDAVIDSON COUNTY’S SURROUNDING environment is an ever-present factor in how the Clean Water Nashville Program plans construction repairs on aged and defective wastewater infrastructure.
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East Nashville rehab projects continue in Inglewood and Jackson Park neighborhoods

Date added: 26-Aug-2015 07:31 AM

East Nashville rehab projects continue in Inglewood and Jackson Park neighborhoodsCOMPREHENSIVE SEWER SYSTEM RENEWAL throughout large areas of East Nashville and Inglewood continues with the start of the Shelby Park Rehabilitation—Area 4—Brush Hill Road project.
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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.