Savannah completes drain project

With the rainy season here, the $2.4 million drainage project on Bolton Street has been completed. The project took a little more than a month to complete and utilized funding from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The project is quite a milestone as Savannah used new technology to help with the drainage in the area. The 102-inch diameter line that was installed more than 150 years ago was lined using the cured-in-place-pipe method. This was a structural repair. If the line deteriorates, the CIPP line will stay in place and has a lifespan of at least 50 years. The CIPP method will stabilize the structure and improve drainage flow by providing a smooth passageway, while also allowing the

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Perma-Liner™ Certified Installer Highlight

Located in Chamblee, Georgia and founded in 1985, the Zurns took steps to follow Ted and Wendy’s long-term goal of starting their own Atlanta plumbing business. Zurn Plumbing Service opened with a single truck and working out of their home office. After more than 30 years, the business has grown to more than 20, hard-working employees including the Zurn’s children Matt and Lisa. Recently, the company received a call from a homeowner about a blockage in their sewer line. There was a 4 inch to 6 inch transition just outside the home. The crew ran a snake and unclogged the line, then inspected with a camera and found roots at every joint in the 6 inch terracotta pipe. Since the homeowner

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Emergency Repairs to Atlanta, DeKalb County Pipes

Emergency Repairs to Atlanta, DeKalb County Pipes

Recently, crews had to replace 300 feet of aging 30-inch-diameter concrete sewer pipe, which was deemed a public safety hazard. The repairs began on Jan. 22 and cost approximately $700,000. These repairs are an effort to comply with the county’s consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency and Environmental Protection Division. According to the decree, DeKalb must take measures to reduce the number of sanitary sewer spills in the county. The deadline for implementing changes under the consent decree is June 2020. Approximately one-third of the county’s total sewer pipes have been assessed. The pipes in the worst condition were given a ranking and a recommendation for replacement while pipes in good condition would need to be reassessed in 10

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Atlanta’s Smart Choice for Sewer Rehabilitation and Pipelining

Cities in Georgia, including Atlanta and surrounding suburbs, are working toward a better future for the underground sewer system. Currently, there are many state-of-the-art developments in wastewater treatments, storm water and collection systems. Atlanta is working to alleviate the millions of gallons of storm water which has pervaded the system. Because of this, the best method of rehabilitation is the Cured-in-Place Pipelining (CIPP) method of relining the water systems. Several upcoming sewer projects were designed with efficiency, as well as time management, in mind. Damaged and under-performing pipelines are also a consideration for DeKalb County. A major rehabilitation project is underway in order to restore gravity sewer line capacity. Sewer mains will be cleaned at 19 vital locations around the

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Climatology Study and Flooding Analysis in Atlanta

The objective of this study was to characterize the climatology of extreme rainfall and flash flooding in Atlanta.  Nine urban watersheds in the Atlanta area were examined and found to exhibit a range of urban development and land-use characteristics. Flooding in Georgia is wide-ranging and impacts areas from the coastal regions to the mountains at various times of the year. The major differences in urban watersheds come from the volume of water available for runoff due to surface coverings reducing infiltration, and storm drainage collection systems increasing the flow and magnitude of flood peaks. The large number of small-scale events in the Atlanta Urban Zone relative to other areas is likely due to urbanization, or the population shift from rural

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Old Fourth Ward Park Infrastructure

Historic Fourth Ward Park is a 17-acre public park in the heart of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. Located near downtown and adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine, the park is well positioned to serve neighborhood residents as well as visitors from around the city and the region. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., on behalf of the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management (DWM), managed the construction of the project, including a detention basin, or lake, which is the central visual amenity of Historic Fourth Ward Park. This two acre lake serves as a striking aesthetic feature while helping the City to meet Federal Consent Decree requirements. Construction on this project was completed more than $5 million under budget. The Trust for

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EPA Awards Atlanta Environmental Education Grant

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Captain Planet Foundation as a recipient of an Environmental Education (EE) Grant. The Atlanta-based non-profit was selected in the latest round of awards under the EE Grants Program.  The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and appreciation for the natural world in which they live. The unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating  solutions in their homes, schools and communities. The Foundation’s goal is also to implement the “Environmental Stewardship Grant-in-a-Box” model to

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Atlanta’s Historic Natural Detention Pond

The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management (DWM), in conjunction with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. (ABI), constructed a storm water detention pond in the Historic Fourth Ward Park that serves as a functional amenity for the surrounding community. The project was part of the Clear Creek Combined Sewer Capacity Relief Project, undertaken in compliance with the requirements of a federal consent decree. It can detain flows from a 100-year storm event.  The project involved construction of a nine-million-gallon storm water detention pond that captures storm water runoff from a drainage area of approximately 800 acres in the Clear Creek basin. It provides peak flow disintegration to the Highland Combined Sewer Trunk and capacity relief to the overall Clear Creek Combined

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DeKalb County’s Sewer Geography Information System

DeKalb County is in the process of implementing an infrastructure mapping system for the sewer system.   In accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency, the City is upgrading its underground infrastructure in an effort to reduce sanitary sewer overflows.  In doing this, the need to fully assess the condition of the pipeline is necessary.  The County has consistently worked to improve its sewer mapping capabilities.  Currently, the sewer system mapping and inventory survey project is being completed by County contractors. The project terms include information regarding mapping, inventory, and recording of geographical location of all public and private sanitary sewer manholes (by identifying numbers), public and private sewer mains, force mains and air valves, service line cleanouts, and lift stations

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Hiram’s Sewer Enhancements

The downtown area of Hiram has been busy with sewer construction. The City is in the process of installing an enhancement to the sewer system and lift station. The upgrade is expected to be completed at the end of November. The primary roadway affected is Main Street from Arnold Lane to the northeast and Hwy 92 to the southwest. This project will also continue through South Forty subdivision along South Forty Pass east and west. There has been and will continue to be intermittent road closures and delays as the sewer and water lines are being installed. Interesting fact: The Eastern Continental Divide, a continental divide in the U.S. that separates the Gulf of Mexico drainage from the watersheds that

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