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Broadway, Van Buren overflows eliminated

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:27 AM

Broadway, Van Buren overflows eliminatedMetro Nashville is making significant progress toward improving Cumberland River water quality, eliminating two downtown combined sewer overflow (CSO) points. Closing the Broadway and Van Buren CSO’s reduces the number of Davidson County overflow points by 25 percent and reduces the amount of contaminated stormwater and wastewater flowing directly into the Cumberland River.
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Clean Water Nashville OAP begins project work

Date added: 23-Feb-2017 02:28 PM

Clean Water Nashville OAP begins project workThe Clean Water Nashville Overflow Abatement Program initiated construction on the following major projects in the second quarter of 2012:

  • Expansion of storage capacity at the MWS Driftwood CSO Equalization Facility on Driftwood Street
  • Expansion and other improvements to the Dodson Chapel Pumping Station and Equalization Facility

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Music City Center features green roof

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

Music City Center features green roofThe recently completed Music City Center is on track to be certified Silver Level LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – by the U.S. Green Building Council.

One of the elements that will be considered during the certification process is the building’s green roof, designed to reduce the convention center’s overall energy usage.
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Washington CSO Control Facility goes online

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:35 AM

Washington CSO Control Facility goes onlineA major combined sewer facility providing optimization for wet weather storage, screening and control of floatables and solids went online in April of this year. In addition to providing treatment, the facility dramatically reduces the number of overflows at the Washington outfall, and reduces the volume of overflows by approximately 90 percent annually.

Constructed at a cost of approximately $17 million, it was operationally complete in time to meet the Consent Decree milestone.
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Smoke testing yields clues for system repair

CLEAN 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.

“Smoke testing” is a process of injecting artificially created, non-toxic smoke into the sanitary sewer system at manholes and observing the locations where smoke exits. Smoke exiting from the ground, from storm drains, around manholes, or other locations indicates that a defect may be present that would allow stormwater or groundwater to enter the sanitary sewer system.

When smoke testing reveals defects in the portion of the system owned by MWS, Clean Water Nashville may take steps to schedule and conduct repairs in order to improve the performance of the sewer system. The program may also notify customers of repairs or corrections that are the responsibility of the homeowner.
The goal is to keep stormwater and groundwater out of the sanitary sewer system. When stormwater or groundwater enters the sanitary sewer system through damaged pipes or improper connection sources, it takes up valuable capacity in our sanitary sewer lines, especially during heavy rain events. Reducing the amount of rain water in the sanitary sewer system saves money for Metro Water Services and its ratepayers and helps prevent capacity related overflows.

Clean Water Nashville, through its contractors, provides advance notice to residential and business customers located in areas where smoke testing of sewer lines will occur. Communication includes door hangers that provide a description of smoke testing and contact information for Metro Water Services (and for the contractor conducting the work). Customers who have questions about smoke testing being conducted in their neighborhood can contact MWS at 615-862-4600 for more information.