A Timely Sewer-Saver Plan for Boston Neighborhoods

In neighborhoods in and around the Boston area, inflow and infiltration have become a concern for homeowners. While there has been a good amount of sewer infrastructure rehabilitations, city-wide, the newest proposal to hit the streets will tackle inflow and infiltration with a newer and more aggressive approach than previous attempts. This year’s investment will be in areas where the highest return in reduced flows is anticipated. During the recent flow-metering, excessive infiltration was discovered prompting the city to make a reliable, cost-effective plan. The city expects to fund work on several areas identified as having the highest inflow and

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Full Steam Ahead! Check Out Perma-Liner Industries 2016 Events Line Up!!

Undoubtedly, you are still enjoying the many highlights that this time of year brings, but as the glory days of summer begin to wane, no worries! We’ve got some exciting events scheduled for you and they’re coming up right around the corner. Mark your calendars for these informative trade shows that you won’t want to miss! First up, Perma-liner Industries is pleased to announce we’ll be in Milwaukee on September 12-13th for the WEQ Fair. This is the place to be to gain a world of knowledge about the trenchless pipelining Industry and the equipment Perma-Liner Industries manufactures. You can

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Affordable Pipe Leak Repair Program

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission has no lead components in the City’s water lines, but some homes and businesses still have lead water lines in service.  Lead mineralizes when it’s exposed to water, so the inside of a lead pipe develops a hard rock-like coating over time.  Replacement usually involves excavating around the old lead, removing it and replacing it with copper or another safe material. Voluntary replacement of lead plumbing is always an option for a homeowner, but when a lead water line breaks from age, damage or cold weather, repair is not an option. Replacement is the

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Union Park Pump Station Goes Paperless

The team that operates and maintains the 330 mgd( million gallons/day) Union Park pump station in South Boston, uses mobile technology in the form of hand-held tablets to enter data on checklist forms. This allows workers to store runtimes and retrieve data for monthly reports. The team members, who service nine other sanitary, storm water and water pumping stations in the area ranging from 1.5 to 6.5 mgd, also enter corrective maintenance work orders through a mobile application on tablets or smartphones; the information is automatically loaded to a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). Utilities that use paper forms to

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Workers Divert Sinkhole Hazard in Lynn

Residents of the town of Lynn were advised last month to use caution when traveling. A large sinkhole that was blocking traffic at the intersection of Shepard and South Common streets has been repaired, and concrete barriers were strategically placed to avoid a hazard.The extra precaution was due to a broken sewer main near the collapsed road. There is a commonality in many nearby areas, as the sewers become inundated with heavy rain, there is a likelihood of sewer overflow.  In this case, the collapse also stems from the pipeline being over 100 years old. The Lynn Water and Sewer Department

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Town of Groton Seeks Water / Sewer Services

The City Council of Ayer has proposed a partnership in municipal services with the neighboring town of Groton.  The agreement would allow Groton to receive 40,500 gallons a day from the Ayer Water facility, as well as, permitting the town to implement sewer services.  There was previously a lack of wastewater capacity but through rectification, the contingency has been removed and the project will go forward.  The current agenda also includes businesses and homes, which are not currently connected to the Ayer sewer system through an existing line, to be afforded the opportunity upon completion of the proposal.  Residents can

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Tewksbury’s Smoke Detectors for Sewer Repair

Tewksbury, when you see smoke coming from various areas near your home this week, there is no cause for worry.  The City is testing the sewer system and its functionality.  The town uses a method of smoke bombs to detect any repairs needed caused by leaks and faulty pipes.  This is also a cost cutting measure, which is aimed at preventing inflow or water that gets into the sewer system that isn’t supposed to be there.  The City advises calling the Department of Public works should you see smoke inside your house as this is usually a problem with the

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Residents of Falmouth Anticipate New Sewer

Residents in Falmouth attended the Little Pond sewer meeting held last week.  The City plans to begin a sewer improvement to homes and businesses that total nearly 1500.  The City answered many questions mainly addressing the Mara Vista peninsula and Falmouth Heights community because these residents will be most affected by the sewer restructuring.   There will be new pumps installed and primarily designated to protect the residents living near the lower elevations.  These areas have been susceptible to increasing environmental hazards. Something to keep in mind when considering the importance of our underground infrastructure: our sewer system is made

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Rainy Season and Sewer Drainage Systems

Many of us are experiencing a rainy season now that summer is in full swing.  Along with the sunny delights and fanfare this time of year brings, there is also a need to think about the proper functioning of our drainage systems where we live.  It is important to know to what extent a drainage issue is prevalent.  In order to do this, a qualified fully licensed professional is needed for drain pipe cleaning. This will also maximize your awareness of the health of the pipelines in your home.  Here are a few suggestions when seeking the help of an

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Boston’s Sewer Success

Way to go Weston!!  Recently, The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection gave an award to Weston, a wonderful and scenic neighborhood of Boston. Working in conjunction to provide stellar service Boston’s Water and Sewage Department also received a commendation. That’s great news and a job well done! As far as a sewer system goes Boston, we have quite a long history starting in the 1700’s.  Luckily, inevitable progress has our system and infrastructure intact with many advancements since the days of draining water from cellars, yards and streets. We have come a long way, Boston! The sewers are now the principal

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