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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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New program website expands public access

Date added: 26-Aug-2015 07:27 AM

New program website expands public accessCLEAN WATER NASHVILLE HAS LAUNCHED A NEWLY DESIGNED WEBSITE that provides easier navigation, expanded public resources and improved tools such as an interactive map to provide citizens access to information about this important program. The website was redeveloped based on feedback provided by representatives from Metro Water Services, public and private partners and participating stakeholders.
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Service lines connect citizens to public sewer system

THE 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.

Rehabilitation projects focus on repairing sewers that are within Metro’s rights-of-way or easements, repairing sewers buried under streets or alleys, located along creeks or streams, and in some cases, traversing along a property boundary. This work typically includes rehabilitation of a portion of private service lines also known as service laterals.

The service line is an underground pipe that conveys wastewater from a building, including residences, to the public sewer main. Depending on the location of the service lateral and its condition, the rehabilitation work may consist of digging and replacing the pipe or installing a liner to provide structural support and effectively seal the pipe.

In most cases, a cleanout will also be installed near the boundary between the private property and Metro’s rights-of-way or easements. A cleanout is a vertical pipe that extends from the service line to the ground surface to provide access to the service line for cleaning, inspection and maintenance.

Cleanouts are typically constructed of PVC pipe and installed in a utility box near the property boundary.

According to Metro ordinances, the property owner owns and is responsible for maintaining the service line from the building to the public sewer main. If property owners experience any issue with current CWN repair work related to their service line, they should call Metro Water Services at (615) 862-4600.

To date, the Clean Water Nashville Program has repaired approximately 6,500 service laterals, and the work is just getting started. Over the long haul, discovery and repair of damaged service lines within Metro’s rights-of-way or easements will number in the tens of thousands. Eliminating thousands of small leaks will add up to deliver big results when it comes to achieving system renewal and overall water quality improvement.