sewer infrastructure Articles

  • Infrastructure Bypass: Rehabilitating the Nation’s Decaying Sewer Systems

    Billions of dollars in federal aid money has been allocated to rehabilitating our decaying sewer systems, and while these are projects that will be done, there will be associated problems with trying to keep roads and businesses open during this work. Typically, in rehabilitating existing sewer lines, the flow of sewage cannot simply be diverted—it must be “bypassed,” which ...


    By Griffin Dewatering

  • Pipeline infrastructure renewal at Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department

    Abstract Various governmental, professional and private studies have shown that the replacement costs of underground pipeline infrastructure is excessive and that best practice approaches for infrastructure risk management promote condition assessment programs to understand the actual condition of individual pipe sections in order to best allocate limited capital replacement and ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Comprehensive Infrastructure Renewal Program Addresses Aging Water and Sewer Infrastructure in Miami-Dade County

    As industry studies continue to highlight the issues surrounding aging water and sewer infrastructure, policy-makers at the local, state and national level of government are beginning to recognize the problem and make infrastructure renewal programs a priority. One approach that combats the issues surrounding aging water infrastructure is asset management. This approach to infrastructure renewal ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Remediating Unforeseen Sewer Contaminants

    Getting the PCBs out Who: Jersey City, N.J., Municipal Utilities Authority Tons of clean sediment removed: 4,469 Tons of PCB-contaminated sediment: 2,502 Consulting engineer: Boswell Engineering: South Hackensack, N.J. Environmental maintenance contractor: National Water Main ...

  • 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

  • Municipal sewer remote monitoring

    Sewers are critical heavy duty infrastructure components requiring costly maintenance. Many municipalities suffer from ageing pipelines that pose higher chances of failure. Sewer leak or overflow results in high cost as a result of civil reimbursement and due to inflected illness. Moreover Civilian frustration that results form the overflow is often targeted towards the municipality. Overflow can ...

  • Water Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities

    A new model for water management is emerging worldwide in response to water shortages, polluted waterways, climate change, and loss of biodiversity. Cities and towns are questioning the ecological and financial sustainability of big-pipe water, stormwater, and sewer systems and are searching for “lighter footprint” more sustainable solutions. Pilot projects are ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Comparing the utility of decision trees and support vector machines when planning inspections of linear sewer infrastructure

    Closed-circuit television inspection technology is traditionally used to identify aging sewer pipes requiring rehabilitation. While these inspections provide essential information on the condition of pipes hidden from day-to-day view, they are expensive and often limited to small portions of an entire sewer system. Municipalities may benefit from utilizing predictive analytics to leverage ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A Path To Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions

    Today, for the most part, our communities’ infrastructure systems are developed and managed separately, by separate utilities and agencies. Sustainable infrastructure, on the other hand, blurs boundaries between our energy, transportation, water and waste systems to implement complementary strategies that benefit more than one system. Among our most important, and difficult, challenges will ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Integrated planning of rehabilitation strategies for sewers

    Building measures in sewer systems are increasingly driven by rehabilitation/retrofitting and adaptation needs. Aging infrastructure together with changing boundary conditions (due to climate change, land-use change, demographic change) and also changing design standards and legislation require a prospective design to preserve the functionality of urban drainage systems not only today, but also ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Accepted Inspection Methods of Process Sewers.

    During the process of refining there is discharge of hazardous waste, this coupled with aging pipeline infrastructure creates a potential where waste can leak into the environment posing catastrophic threats to life. Federal agencies such as the EPA are beginning to penalize refineries that do not take necessary measures of disposing their waste. These refineries are subject to ...


    By EnTech Engineering, Inc

  • Belfast city sewer case study

    Client: NIWater CSG provided a number of valves to go in to the newly refurbished Belfast City Sewer. Originally installed during Victorian times the sewer system has been updated in order to reduce flood risks and improve the general infrastructure. The project comes at a cost of £120M and encompasses over 10km of pipeline. It has won a number of awards for innovation and is the ...

  • Necessary driving forces for infrastructure sustainability

    The forces and complex interactions that hinder and promote the application of sustainable infrastructures are discussed along with changes that are needed in our economic-mindset for evaluating project costs. Some existing sustainable projects result from favourable economics. However, many fall in the trash basket as a result of so-called unfavourable economics. One of the key driving forces ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The future evolution of IT in water infrastructure management

    The water industry has been slow to take advantage of information technology (IT), but it is catching up quickly. In many parts of the world, water managers now depend entirely on IT to manage their water supply and wastewater services. IT has become a core part of the business. Computing environments have evolved from individual mainframe computers, through networks based on mini-computers, to ...


    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

  • An agent-based approach for generating virtual sewer systems

    The application of artificial case studies is a well established technique in urban drainage to test measures, approaches or models. However, the preparation of a virtual case study for a sewer system is a tedious task. Several algorithms have been presented in the literature for an automatic generation of virtual sewer systems. Applying the approach of generating virtual cities by means of the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Factors affecting economies of scale in combined sewer systems

    A generic model is introduced that represents the combined sewer infrastructure of a settlement quantitatively. A catchment area module first calculates the length and size distribution of the required sewer pipes on the basis of rain patterns, housing densities and area size. These results are fed into the sewer-cost module in order to estimate the combined sewer costs of the entire catchment ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Quick and accurate Cellular Automata sewer simulator

    As urbanisation and climate change progress, the frequency of flooding will increase. Each flood event causes damage to infrastructure and the environment. It is thus important to minimise the damage caused, which can be done through planning for events, real-time control of networks and risk management. To perform these actions, many different simulations of network behaviour are required ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Adaptation of sewer networks using integrated rehabilitation management

    The urban water structure is aging and in need of rehabilitation. Further, the need to address future challenges (climate change, urban development) also arise lines. This study investigates if it is possible to combine rehabilitation and adaptation measures. To do so, we combined an urban development model, an urban drainage model and a rehabilitation model. A case study of a medium-sized ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Risk assessment of sewer condition using artificial intelligence tools: application to the SANEST sewer system

    Operation, maintenance and rehabilitation comprise the main concerns of wastewater infrastructure asset management. Given the nature of the service provided by a wastewater system and the characteristics of the supporting infrastructure, technical issues are relevant to support asset management decisions. In particular, in densely urbanized areas served by large, complex and aging sewer ...


    By IWA Publishing

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