SEWERS & SEWER LINE MAINTENANCE RESOURCES

  • A Handy Tool For Wet Well Maintenance: Cutting Through The FOG

    Blame our fast food diets or restaurants’ negligence for what’s going down the drain. Whatever the cause, fats, oil, and grease (FOG) accumulation has become a pervasive problem for wastewater treat­ment plant collection systems.

  • Real-Time Decision Support System Exceeds Expectations -- Buffalo Cuts CSOs By 450 Million Gallons, Reducing Consent Agreement By $145 Million

    At the turn of the century Buffalo was the 8th largest city in the U.S., a gateway for commerce and manufacturing due to its early embrace of hydroelectric power generated from nearby Niagara Falls. To accommodate its projected growth, Buffalo built a (then) state-of-the art combined sewer system. By mid-century, the City added a massive wastewater treatment facility and upgraded its sewer system to accommodate at least 750,000 people. Due to its mid-20th century sewer design, Buffalo still typically experiences nearly 2 billion gallons of combined sewer overflow (CSO) annually, discharging into its receiving waterways.

  • Meet The Influencer Who Organized A Well-Known Waterworks Company

    No one follows her on social media, yet she’s clearly a woman of influence. She has been described as a person of “keen business discernment,” someone respected for her “good judgment, common sense and foresight.” She is Sarah Charlotte Blair, whose idea to organize an iron pipe foundry in the South led to the formation of AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1905. John J. Eagan – a proponent of the Golden Rule in industry – was the company’s first president.

  • Digital Twin Technology Helps Cincinnati Reduce CSO By 247 Million Gallons And Save $38M In Capital Work

    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) serves an Ohio population of more than 850,000 spread out across 290 square miles.

  • South Bend Reduces Combined Sewer Overflow By 70% And Saves $500M

    The Saint Joseph River has long shaped South Bend’s economy, especially during the mid-20th century, when the river was the conduit to heavy industrial development such as Studebaker and the Singer Sewing Company.

  • Implementing A Proactive Approach To Force Main Asset Management

    What happens after a force main installed less than 20 years ago previously fails on a national holiday? In the case of a Missouri utility, a condition assessment project on the critical non-redundant pipeline was launched to get a better understanding of its overall condition and determine if the pipe needed to be replaced.

  • The Future Of Collection Systems

    As real-time monitoring continues to infiltrate the water industry, it’s time to apply such instrumentation to detect the other type of infiltration — along with inflow, snow and ice melt, etc.

  • How To Get The Right Rental Equipment To Your Worksite

    For organizations involved in water, wastewater and stormwater projects, renting equipment can be a pivotal part of any endeavor. If an essential piece of equipment is not available, that can result in idle workers and a project falling off schedule and extending beyond budget.

  • TAG Teams Talk Tech

    Five wastewater technology vendors pitched their emerging technologies to the Prince William County Service Authority (SA) and various other regional public and private utilities on November 20 at the SA’s Durward E. Grubbs Jr. Environmental Center in Woodbridge, VA.

  • The Great Flood And Future Predictions

    Did you know that the earliest recorded flood is that of the Great Flood detailed in Christian Bibles, the Torah, and the Quran? I was, therefore, amused to hear from a channel partner about a flow monitoring job in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey, at the foot of Mount Ararat. Why? Because Mount Ararat is cited as the place where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the Great Flood (Genesis 8:4).

SEWERS AND SEWER LINE MAINTENANCE SOLUTIONS

  • Wastewater Collection System That Causes Less Disruption To Communities

    Cost-Effective, Environmentally Sound

    Orenco Sewer™ (effluent-only sewer) is a cost-effective, environmentally sound wastewater collection system. With an Orenco Sewer, raw sewage flows from a house or business to a watertight underground tank. Only the filtered liquid portion is discharged (by either pump or gravity) to shallow, small-diameter collection lines that follow the contour of the land. Solids remain in the underground tank for passive, natural treatment and only need to be pumped every 10 to 12 years (depending on the number of residents and the tank volume).

    Orenco Sewers take significantly less time to install than conventional sewers. And in an Orenco Sewer, material and excavation costs are reduced because the inexpensive collection lines are shallowly buried just below the frost line. Because only liquid is being pumped, system designers don’t need to worry about minimum velocities and associated grades. This simpler installation process causes less disruption to communities and allows businesses to operate normally during construction.

  • H-306HP Fabricated Steel Tapping Sleeve

    Mueller Co. recently announced a new H-306HP fabricated steel tapping sleeve. Designed for hot tapping ductile iron pipe and thick-wall C900 plastic pipe, the H-306HP is made from A36 fabricated steel and meets the requirements of AWWA C223. It features an integral bolt flange, Rilsan nylon coating, working pressures up to 300psi, and is available sizes from 4”-16”. The H-306HP is an economical tapping sleeve ideally suited for use with Mueller® CL-12, C1-36, and Mega-Lite drilling machines in less corrosive soil environments.

  • SCOUT Hydro Profiling System

    The Reliant Water Technologies SCOUT Hydro Profiling System is the answer to obtaining clear and concise shallow water survey data quickly and inexpensively. By not only providing a visual hydrographic ‘picture’ of everything underwater, in any shallow body of water, the SCOUT also provides the volume of sludge in the water body (as well as the volume of free water). The ‘picture’ provided is color enhanced in order to provide clear, definitive delineation of variable depths of sludge, or debris, and includes multi-point water depth over-lays.

  • The Wet Well Wizard

    The Wet Well Wizard is the only ‘one-size-fits-all’ wet well aeration system that has no moving parts, is completely non-corrosive, is simple to install, and utilizes no electricity underwater. It can be installed in 30 minutes and requires almost no maintenance.

  • Hydro-Guard® HG-6

    The Hydro-Guard® HG-6 Hydrant Automatic Flushing System takes automatic and programmable flushing capabilities anywhere in the water distribution system where a fire hydrant is available.

SEWERS AND SEWER LINE MAINTENANCE VIDEOS

GF Piping has a long history of operation, serving a wide variety of flow measurement and distribution needs in water and wastewater — and a long history at WEFTEC as well. In this video, GF Piping's Brian LaBelle, Director of Business Development - Water Treatment & Energy, provides a tour of the GF booth highlighting the company's newest and most popular offerings. Tune in to discover the latest technologies related to piping systems, flow meters, diaphragm valves, joints, couplings, and more.