sewer backup Articles

  • Protecting Homes from Sewage Backup - Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s Water in Basement Prevention Program

    ABSTRACT Many customers of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) have experienced basement backup due to surcharging of the sanitary and combined sewer systems. The surcharging was caused by excessive infiltration and inflow entering the sanitary sewer system and a lack of capacity in the combined sewer system. As part of the Consent Decree that MSDGC signed with the ...

  • Northwest Side Relief Sewer

    Meticulous planning, design and construction management went into devising reliable solutions for this award-winning tunnel project that alleviated persistent flooding and improved the community's water quality. Like many U.S. cities, Milwaukee faced a serious and growing problem. Population growth and urban development had produced ever-increasing volumes of wastewater and stormwater. Aging and ...


    By Black & Veatch Corporation

  • Sacramento State – upgrading sewer to “green”

    Tidelands Construction Company installed a new Flowtite Septic Tank on the campus of California State University in Sacramento. This upgraded sewer system was part of a school-wide “green” building initiative. The governing body at one of California’s finest universities began a large-scale “green building” project designed to reduce the school’s harmful ...

  • Oil recovery reduces sewer cleaning

    Doskocil Food Service Company, a division of Foodbrands America, Hutchinson, Kan., produces 2 million pounds of pizza toppings a week. After cooking, the meat toppings are flash-frozen in one of two spiral freezers. Air currents within the freezer carry grease-containing vapors through the ammonia freezer coils, where they adhere and become lodged. Doskocil uses 1,600 gallons of water per hour to ...


    By Oil Skimmers, Inc.

  • Pebble Beach Community Services district backup monitoring to an existing SCADA system case study

    Most people, not just golfers, recognize the name Pebble Beach as being one of the premier residential communities. Nestled on the shoreline and bluffs of the California Monterey peninsula, Pebble Beach is home to hundreds of multi-million dollar estates and some of the most meticulously maintained golf courses in the world. One course, the Pebble Beach golf links, hosts the annual Pebble Beach ...


    By Mission Communications, LLC

  • Time for a re-examination of sewer design flow criteria

    Each year, many miles of new or rehabilitated sewer lines or pumping stations are designed and constructed based on flow criteria that may be unrelated to the desired level of system performance. Because of the need to reduce the risk of sanitary sewer overflows and sewer backups into buildings, it can be beneficial to re-examine the basis of sewer hydraulic design. Traditional approaches such as ...

  • How Sewer Bypass Projects Have Changed During the 21st Century

    Over the past 20 years or so, sewer lift stations across Southern California have been working tirelessly to keep up with the ever-increasing demand as more and more housing is being built. Today, the older and smaller neighborhood pump stations that ...


    By Griffin Dewatering

  • Recovery of New Orleans Water and Sewer Systems Following Hurricane Katrina

    ABSTRACTHurricane Katrina and its aftermath damaged the water distribution system and the sewerage collection system in the City of New Orleans, creating health and safety issues for both the general public and emergency and recovery personnel working in the city. The efforts by the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (S&WB) in restoring these systems has been critical in making the city ...

  • Sewer mining to supplement blackwater flow in a commercial high-rise Australia-Sydney case study

    Project Background or Rationale Australia’s warm climate and habitual droughts have resulted in innovative water conservation practices in commercial developments, such as 1 Bligh Street in Sydney. Commissioned in May 2011, the highly acclaimed 29 story office tower overlooking the Sydney Harbor captures nearly 100 percent of its wastewater and reuses it in the building. By recycling ...

  • There’s No Use Crying Over Spilled Sewage: Using Standby Lift Station Pumps to Prevent SSOs before They Happen

    Power outages and unforeseen mechanical failures create the potential for system distress and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) in wastewater collection and treatment systems. In accordance with a lawsuit initiated by Mobile Bay Watch (Mobile, Alabama), the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS) chose to install an automatic dry priming backup system to increase system reliability and enable ...

  • A preventive maintenance program lifts the veil on asset management

    In 2002, the City of Columbus, Ohio and the State of Ohio entered into a consent order agreement requiring Columbus to “develop and implement a program to address the capacity, management, and operation and maintenance of its sewer system.” One condition of that consent order requires the City to “conduct routine preventive operation and maintenance activities for its sewers” to minimize ...

  • Make your supplier part of your emergency response team

    Your supplier should then make a determination of what fits best. After there is some understanding of the problem at hand, the choice of a pumping system can be made. Your vendor will determine the best combination of a technical and practical solution. The technical factors are usually the easiest for someone to get a handle on. The challenges of the practical solution are more difficult ...


    By Griffin Dewatering

  • Implementing an offline storage facility for Washington, D.C. suburbs in InfoWorks CS

    Wallingford Software’s InfoWorks CS solution has been used to enable the optimization of an offline storage facility to meet strict requirements for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s (WSSC) Rock Creek sewer basin sanitary system. The WSSC is the largest water and wastewater utility in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, providing services to 1.6 million residents of Montgomery and ...


    By Innovyze

  • Assumed Regulatory Critiques of Hypothetical Utility SSO Reporting Practices

    SSO BackgroundThere is no industry-accepted, consistent definition of a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) event. The federal SSO Rule attempted to institute a consistent definition for U.S. utilities, but this rule was immediately withdrawn after it’s initial January 2001 publication and has not been reissued. The proposed definition of an SSO under the SSO Rule was broad in that it included ...

  • The impact of network simplification on property flood risk predictions

    A recent project, set up to compare the merits of simplified and desimplified models in InfoWorks CS, has proved that the solution’s fast and robust simulation capabilities are now so advanced that highly-complex models can provide far greater accuracy at competitive speeds than smaller, simpler models. As the water industry moves towards a risk-based approach to flooding, the existing ...


    By Innovyze

  • Pipeline Zooming for a Comprehensive Infrastructure Survey.

    Time, budget and resources often keep a municipality from maintaining comprehensive, up-to-date information on water and sewer pipeline conditions. Without a complete understanding of their infrastructures, municipal supervisors cannot properly prioritize and schedule maintenance activities. As a result, emergencies—backups, collapses, and overflows—happen unexpectedly, and must be dealt with on ...


    By Envirosight LLC

  • Quaker oats uses skimmer to reduce wastewater BOD

    The Quaker Oats plant in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada produces some seven million cases of Harvest Crunch® cereal and cake mixes annually. In the process, residue from the conveyors, dryers and other processing equipment ends up on the floor. Periodic equipment washdowns add water to the solid and liquid residue, which contains edible fats, starches and sugars. During house-cleaning operations, ...


    By Abanaki Corporation

  • Cleaning mold containing surfaces

    Once a determination is made that a moldy surface can be cleaned instead of removed or demolished, what cleaning agents are effective in removing or killing the mold? Many factors influence the selection of a cleaning agent. 1). The type of surface to be cleaned: Is it porous? Hard such as cement or sheetrock? Soft, such as cloth, fabric or wallpaper? Absorbent and thick such as rugs, ...

  • Getting back to basics: What is pH?

    Getting back to basics: What is pH? The most used measure in wastewater treatment, and for good reasons The “potential of hydrogen” or “pH” is the measure of free hydrogen activity in water and thereby indicative of the measure of its free acidity or free alkalinity. Gauged on a numeric scale of 0-14, solutions with a pH of less than 7.0 are acids. ...

  • Transforming waste into profit: Bioconversion soultions

    BioConversion Solutions, LLC (BCS) has the systems and solutions to transform dealing with biomass from an expense into profit for cities and companies worldwide. Instead of sludge requiring treatment and disposal, BCS has developed sophisticated technologies that allow customers to design, build and operate biological conversion plants. Using the proven proprietary Advanced ...

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