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Last Commercial Area in Worchester Finally Getting Sewer Lines

It’s 2018 and the last stretch of commercial area along Route 20 in Worchester, Massachusetts is finally getting sewer lines. There has been talking on and off for more than two decades. Money, other crucial needs, personnel, and time all seemed to stand in the way. But now the city is receiving more than $10 million from the state to help cover the costs. The money from the state is coming from an environmental bond bill and a transportation bond bill at $7 million and $3 million respectively. This covers half the cost of the $20 million sewer extension project.

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Boston’s Water and Sewage Conservation Leads Way for Nearby Cities

The city of Gloucester is on the move with a heavy duty infrastructure project to enhance two of the city’s wastewater pumping stations. The sewer improvement plan will alleviate some of the issues the city has faced due to outdated equipment and resources. Also to be addressed will be storm water discharges stemming from leaking and unstable pipelines. Recently, an agreement with several nearby communities has become the impetus to a larger plan for the state’s water systems. Focusing on water quality using advanced monitoring techniques, the Boston Harbor sewage discharges have greatly reduced. To date, nearly 200,000 gallons per day of

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Boston’s Accessible Growth enables Restructure of Sewer Systems

Many neighborhoods within the Boston area have experienced fast-paced growth over the last several years. The city is in the process of taking a closer look at how quickly the sewer infrastructures can be adjusted for this growth, in order to accommodate the surge in developing homes. Recent reports have concluded the aging water and sewer pipelines will cost the communities of Massachusetts nearly $18 billion in upgrades. Cities and towns nearby, including Ashland, are struggling to cover the cost of infrastructure. An estimation of over $7 billion will be needed for water systems and almost $9 billion for wastewater

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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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Flexibility and Change for Stormwater Permits in MA

Recently, The Environmental Protection Agency initiated changes to requirements for small municipal separate stormwater sewer systems located in Massachusetts. The new permits will update stormwater management efforts across the state, better protecting rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and wetlands from pollutants, including elevated levels of nutrients that cause algae blooms and other problems in many Massachusetts communities. At the same time, the permit maximizes flexibility for individual municipalities to tailor their efforts to individual needs and local conditions. The updated permits will require covered municipalities to develop, implement and enforce a stormwater management program to control pollutants to the maximum extent practicable, protect

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Little Pond Sewer Reconstruction Begins

The Little Pond Sewer Service Area Project is currently underway in the town of Falmouth. This picturesque town by the sea, is located in the southwestern part of Cape Cod. The goal of this project is to improve water quality in Little Pond.  The project includes connection of approximately 1400 properties on the Maravista peninsula and the eastern portion of Falmouth Heights to the existing town sewer system, construction of approximately 16 miles of sewer pipe (gravity main, low pressure main, and force main), and construction of two new sewer lift stations, one at the end of Alphonse Street and

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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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Engineered Marsh for Storm Water Earns Accolades

The Cambridge Department of Public Works (CDPW) is currently reveling in the success of its own big idea — the establishment of the Alewife Reservation Storm Water Wetland to help control combined sewer overflows.  An effective pipe and infrastructure maintenance plan also play an important role in CSO (combined sewer overflow) control. The CDPW’s Sewer Division inspects and clears obstructed sewer lines, cleans catch basins, repairs broken lines, and inspects and approves private connections to the public system. It’s also important to note the flatness of the region’s topography.  This means that some of the pipes going out to water

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Charles River Blue Cities Initiative

Massachusetts receives about 45 inches of precipitation every year. In the natural environment, almost half of this rainfall filters into the ground, and nearly all the rest returns to the sky as water vapor. In cities, we have paved over the ground and cut down many of the trees that turn water into vapor. The result: well over 50 percent of the rain in a typical year quickly becomes polluted storm water runoff. Developed areas are designed to collect and discard rain quickly, dumping runoff in the river system through storm drains. Bigger storms overwhelm the system, resulting in flooding

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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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