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Lakewood office reflects communications priority

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:32 AM

Lakewood office reflects communications priorityCommunity outreach is an important component of Clean Water Nashville. Before work starts on every project, CWN identifies neighborhood stakeholders so that all parties are aware of the purpose, impact and work schedule.
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Compact drives water quality education

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:29 AM

Compact drives water quality education Throughout this summer, the Cumberland River Compact is hosting a high-profile series titled Innovations and Solutions. The series focuses on the most pressing environmental, legal and political issues facing our local waterways. Clean Water Nashville Director Ron Taylor was honored to participate in the April launch of the series.
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Cumberland River Compact driving water quality awareness and education

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:30 AM

Cumberland River Compact driving water quality awareness and educationEnvironmental awareness and education is vitally important to the health of the Cumberland River and area creeks and streams. Nashville is fortunate to have community partners such as the Cumberland River Compact dedicated to improving the watershed.

The Cumberland River Compact, a group of citizens and community leaders, created the Cumberland River Center to lead protection of the river against pollution, drought, storm water runoff and other challenges.
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2011 Collection System Structural Defect Repair project completed

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:26 AM

2011 Collection System Structural Defect Repair project completedThe 2011 Collection System Structural Defect Repair project involved repair of wastewater infrastructure across an expansive area of the Whites Creek and Richland Creek drainage basins in northwest and west Nashville. The project is the largest so far from a geographic standpoint, spreading across 10 Metro Council districts.

Work included repair to cracked and broken system pipes that had begun to leak and diminish system capacity. The program’s contractors used closed circuit television cameras, extended by cables into the pipe system, to identify deterioration and catalog more than 25 major repairs.
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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.