EPA to Sewage Plant Operators: Clean Up Your Act

EPA to Sewage Plant Operators: Clean Up Your Act

Regulators are pressing the operators of three sewage treatment systems along the Merrimack River to reduce the bacteria flowing into the river and to issue more timely alerts when raw sewage discharges through aging outfall pipes. The three systems operate under consent orders with the EPA. Permits for all three expired several years ago but new permits were recently issued. The EPA said in an advisory the new permits will include heightened monitoring and reporting requirements, while calling for additional treatment of sewage to reduce bacteria and other pollutants “to address potential adverse impacts to aquatic life, recreation and drinking

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A Fight for Upgrades

A Fight for Sewer Upgrades

A city outside of Boston – Quincy – is being sued by the federal government for releasing sewage and untreated wastewater into Quincy Bay and Boston Harbor. To say city officials are upset would be an understatement. Most don’t understand why the federal government won’t work with the city to improve its sewer and storm drain systems. This is a Fight for Sewer Upgrades The lawsuit states Quincy violated the Clean Water Act by the release of sewage and wastewater into waterways. The EPA wanted the city to sign a consent decree that would have forced it to spend a good

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Cured-In-Place-Pipelining Demonstration Days July 18 – 19

Perma-Liner Industries, LLC. to Hold Live Cured-In-Place-Pipelining Demonstration Days and Educational Sessions Open House will be held in Anaheim, Cali. on July 18 – 19 ANAHEIM, Cali. – With state-of-the-art technology options, it is not necessary to dig up aging or failing pipes to repair them. There is an efficient and cost-effective way to repair these pipes called the Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) method. Perma-Liner™ Industries, LLC. (“Perma-Liner”), the leading manufacturer and supplier of trenchless pipeline rehabilitation equipment and materials in North America, is holding an Open House from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on July 18 – 19 at its Anaheim,

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Epoxy vinyl ester resin brings many advantages to CIPP industry

Perma-Liner™ Industries, LLC. (“Perma-Liner”), the leading manufacturer and supplier of trenchless pipeline rehabilitation equipment and materials in North America, is introducing a new high-performance epoxy vinyl ester resin called Perma-Liner™ Vinyl Ester. The resin is Bisphenol-A Epoxy-based dissolved in styrene and is available now for purchase. “We are excited to introduce our newest resin into our already broad spectrum of products,” said Jerry D’Hulster, president of Perma-Liner Industries, LLC. “The high-performance epoxy vinyl ester resin offers an excellent balance of corrosion and performance properties. It will allow Perma-Liner to expand to new markets with its unique capabilities.” The new resin

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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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America’s Failing Water Infrastructure: There are Ways We Can Begin to Fix It

There are many variables threatening America’s water from pollution issues and aging infrastructure to raising costs and droughts and rainfall patterns as the climate changes. The U.S. used to be a leader when it came to water infrastructure and management. Now, the U.S. is lagging behind receiving D ratings for dams, drinking water and wastewater. It’s time to start focuses on possible solutions to curb these issues – the U.S. can get A ratings and below are some of the solutions that may get the nation where it needs to be. It starts with creating a national-level governance. Water technically

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Green All Around: Boston Turns to Eco-friendly Infrastructures

In a city rich with history, Boston is taking steps to update its infrastructures. The Boston Water and Sewer Commission is implementing eco-friendly projects designed to help manage stormwater and educate the public on the city infrastructures. By mimicking nature and treating the first inch of stormwater, the goal is to substantially reduce pollution in the rivers and Boston Harbor. For most of Boston’s history, stormwater management meant capturing stormwater and piping it quickly and efficiently to receiving waters, like the Charles, Muddy, Mystic and Neponset Rivers or Boston Harbor. In recent years the city has adopted a new “green”

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Boston Devises Creative Way to Boost Energy and Revenue

The city of Boston is taking a proactive and collaborative approach to ensuring the best use of energy and resourcefulness of the sewer systems. A recent proposed collective effort would involve local wastewater facilities to produce fertilizer while simultaneously generating electricity. It’s expected that this process of conversion would also become a sustainable source of profitability for smaller cities and neighborhoods near Boston. Cities and towns could market the treated water to be used for irrigation, street sweeping, flushing toilets and other means. Producing electricity and capturing thermal energy closer to the source would be more efficient because it would

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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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Stoughton’s Joint Effort for Storm Water Management

The Gibbons Elementary School, located in Stoughton, is collaborating on a storm water management project with the Stoughton Engineering Department.  The project set in motion will identify and contain the runoff pollution in nearby ponds and brooks. The community has been concerned with the health hazard associated with the laden bacteria in local waterways stemming from lack of treatment. The school has been granted $137,000 for the purpose of upgrading the school grounds with modern storm water controls.  The project will involve building two bio retention cells/rain gardens and an infiltration basin. The targeted areas of runoff from the school

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