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Driftwood Equalization Facility modifications completed, doubling facility's capacity

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:31 AM

Driftwood Equalization Facility modifications completed, doubling facility's capacityThe Driftwood Equalization Facility, located on the eastern edge of downtown Nashville, off of Hermitage Avenue on Visco Drive, has been modified to store an additional 3.2 million gallons of combined sewage during peak rain events. This project is a means of reducing or eliminating wet weather overflows during major rain events.

By raising the concrete walls at Driftwood’s open storage facility and installing six new weir gates, CWN has doubled water detention capacity to almost 7 million gallons.
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Lakewood Infrastructure Improvement Project Open House held

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

Lakewood Infrastructure Improvement Project Open House heldConstruction will begin in January 2014 to renew water and wastewater infrastructure in the Lakewood community. In advance of that construction, a community open house was held to provide community members information about the project, which is part of a citywide initiative to meet the U.S. Clean Water Act and replace aged infrastructure to benefit future generations.

The project will modernize Lakewood’s water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, the results of which will include improving water flow, reducing standing water during big rain events, and addressing sewer overflows.
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Clean Water Nashville Program supports the Cumberland River Compact by entering the Dragon Boat Race!

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:28 AM

Clean Water Nashville Program supports the Cumberland River Compact by entering the Dragon Boat Race!Each year the Cumberland River compact hosts the Cumberland River Dragon boat festival, which includes a daylong series of Dragon boat races along the Cumberland River at Riverfront Park. This year the Clean Water Nashville Program supported the festival, including entering a team in the Dragon Boat race competition held on September 7.
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Lakewood improvement plans advance

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

Lakewood improvement plans advanceClean Water OAP continues preparation for a major infrastructure renewal project in the Lakewood community. The project will include updating aged water and wastewater infrastructure and addressing longstanding problems of localized flooding in yards and roadways caused by stormwater.
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Whites Creek project results in water quality improvement

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and Metro Water Services (MWS) lifted a longstanding ‘water contact advisory’ for a 2.9-mile section of Whites Creek, a sign of improved water quality for Whites Creek and the Cumberland River.
The lifted segment has been on TDEC’s 303(d) list, a list of impaired streams due to pathogens and nutrients, for several years. The Tennessee Water Quality Control Act requires that the TDEC post signs and inform the public when bacteria in water or contaminants in sediment or fish tissue can cause public health to be unduly at risk from exposure. While Whites Creek will remain on the 303(d) list for nutrients, the water quality standards for pathogens have been met.
“This is a result of several years of local and state environmental experts working together to find a solution to a problem,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “Although there is still work to do, lifting the water contact advisory is exciting news for all of us who care about the environment, especially those who live near this particular segment of Whites Creek.”
The initial cause of the advisory is attributed to the deterioration of the old Whites Creek Pumping Station, which was first constructed in the 1960’s. Undersized and unreliable, the pumping station began to cause sanitary sewer overflows into the creek.
In 1990, total capacity of the pumping station was raised from 5 million gallons per day (MGD) to about 16 MGD. However, increased rainwater volume seeping into deteriorated sewer pipes continued to overwhelm the pumping station. In 2012 a $20 million Clean Water Nashville project began to upgrade Whites Creek Pumping Station to 50 MGD capacity and make other improvements. Since its November 2013 completion, WCPS has been operating successfully and has not experienced a sanitary sewer overflow even with exceptionally high flows.
“A new and improved pumping station is now online bringing one of Nashville’s most chronic sanitary sewer overflows into compliance,” said MWS Director Scott Potter. “This is big news for the residents of this area, and we are excited about the advisory being removed.”
TDEC has prepared a short video about the event, which can be viewed here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On1-Bv88ZTA