So Long Septic Tanks

So Long Septic Tanks

A $4 billion plan is coming to Suffolk County, N.Y. The plan is to reduce nitrogen pollution in groundwater and surface water by eliminating septic systems and cesspools. More than 250,000 cesspools will be eliminated countywide and the county will replace them with wastewater systems or connect properties to existing sewer districts. Approximately 75 percent of county residents rely on cesspools or septic tanks. If the plan is fully implemented, poor water quality could reverse in the next decade. Since the 1980s, concentrations of nitrogen have increased on Long Island surface waters. According to the Long Island Commission for Aquifer

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Local village receiving funds needed for sewer repairs

Local village receiving funds needed for sewer repairs

The Village of Manorhaven has received almost $1 million in bonds for their needed improvements to their aging sewer system. Approx. $250,000 will be used for plan and specs with the rest used for improvements. The project will include 4,400 linear feet of pipelining and the rehabilitation of two manholes. Neither projects will disturb land or require traditional dig and replace. This is the first phase of the village’s sewer project. Work is expected to begin in late fall. The major problems with the village’s sewer systems are grease and tree roots. Older tree roots get into the sewer mains

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City of Kingston Separating Sewer and Stormwater Systems

City of Kingston Separating Sewer and Stormwater Systems

The city will borrow $130,000 to design a project to separate the sewer and stormwater systems in an effort to help the environment and the capacity of the wastewater treatment plant. The entire separation project is estimated to cost more than $1 million. The current combined sewer overflow system generates 92 percent of the wastewater discharged into the Rondout Creek in a typical year. Removing the stormwater inflow from the system would reduce overflows into the creek, which would ultimately improve its water quality.

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Sewer Project Turned Down by Residents

Sewer Project Turned Down by Residents

A sewer project that would have been very beneficial to the area was recently voted against. The project would have connected more than 450 homes along the six-mile Connetquot River to an updated sewer system. The cost was going to be $26.4 million. The project had significant costs but was going to be 100 percent fully funded by federal and state grants. This didn’t come without a downside though. Residential homes would add an additional $119 on average to their bills per year. Suffolk County isn’t the only place with these issues. Another community voted to sewer almost 2,770 homes

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Broken and Aging Sewers Need Attention

Broken and Aging Sewers Need Attention in NY

A common trend more and more cities and counties are experiencing and seeing is aging sewer infrastructure. It may or may not be causing havoc but sooner and later it will if it not already doing so. Two counties in northern New York may start seeing some relief for their aging infrastructures. It’s estimated that it will cost $500 million over the next 15 years to repair and upgrade the sewer system, sections of which are more than 100 years old. The counties plant to seek state and federal funding, borrow money and raise county sewer rates, which undoubtedly will

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Winter is Still Very Present in the Big Apple

Winter is Still Very Present in the Big Apple

A series of recent manhole fires in the heart of Manhattan forced the evacuation of several theaters and was a stark reminder that the subway is not the only creaky infrastructure beneath the streets of New York City. New York City has one of the oldest and largest infrastructures in the world, including some areas more than centuries old. On a regular day, these pipes are prone to cracks, leaks, and complete breaks. In the winter, it makes the pipes much more prone to issues arising. During the late January polar vortex, single-digit temperatures in the city quickly rose into

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Climate Change Could New York’s Sewer System Be Contributing to this Issue

Climate Change Could New York’s Sewer System Be Contributing to this Issue

In 2018, New Yorkers experienced an extremely rainy year. The rain washed pet waste, plastic utensils and other street grime into an aging sewer system that sometimes can’t handle it. Every year the city releases 100 billion liters of untreated water sewage and stormwater runoff into its waterways. Whenever it rains heavily, the surge of stormwater forces the sewers to hit maximum capacity, causing wastewater to flow from the 100-year-old system into nearby rivers. A 100-year-old sewer system can barely manage light flow in certain places. The city is working on various ways to improve water quality but those efforts

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Village Waits to Repair Sewer System

Village Waits to Repair Sewer System

A small village in northern New York is in need of major repairs to its sewer system. The village of Mohawk’s estimated cost of a project to rehabilitate the sewer system in the village of Mohawk is less than initially projected, but work won’t move forward until funding is fully in place. Initial numbers had the project estimated at $6.1 million but after some investigation and thorough research, it will now be $5.9 million. Some are suggesting using the more than $2 million saved to repair laterals throughout the community. Laterals are the sewer pipes running from houses to main

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Technology and Aging Water Infrastructures: Fond du Lac Seems is Finding Success

Recently in Riverhead, N.Y., a repair of an underground pipe was completed without excavation the road above it. The broken pipe connected a pond to a stream and cost around $15,000. The town is starting to be proactive and trying to get ahead of broken pipes since most of the pipes are more than 50 years old. By avoiding road excavation, not only will he avoid road closures required when pipes must be physically dug up and replaced, the town avoids the risk of damaging other underground utilities beneath the asphalt. This is a particular concern downtown, where water mains,

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Perma-Liner™ Certified Installer Highlight: Pipe Works Services

Throughout the United States, Perma-Liner has more than 1900 certified installers and four distribution facilities, with more to open in the coming months. One of our certified installers recently completed a project we would like to highlight. Headquartered in Chatham, New Jersey, Pipe Works Services, Inc. has been offering its services to the residents of Northern New Jersey since 2000. With their reputation and 24-hour emergency service, they continue to be one of Northern New Jersey’s most trusted experts when it comes to plumbing services. Recently, the Pipe Works team repaired a homeowner’s broken sewer pipe by using a 4”

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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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Village of Kenmore Seeks Bids for CIPP Rehabilitation Project

The Village of Kenmore is preparing for a major sewer and manhole rehabilitation project. The Village of Kenmore is currently accepting proposals until July 12. The project involves the trenchless CIPP method of lining sewer mains and lateral lining 5’ from the main. Sewer mains consist of approximately 3,700 linear feet of 12” pipe, 3,000 linear feet of 15” pipe, and 2,200 linear feet of 21” pipe and service approximately 170 sanitary sewer laterals. The all-encompassing works includes pre-improvement television inspection, light cleaning, heave cleaning as required, CIPP installation, grouting of sewer service laterals, sewer service later lining 5’ up

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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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Construction Causing Delays in Sewer Project

Earlier this year, the Lake Placid village board announced that the sewer lines beneath Main Street would be replaced and updated to protect a nearby lake from sewage leaks. There was a concern of a slight delay due to construction, but the major sewer project is now underway in Lake Placid, New York. The work and improvements, which the village has needed for years, consists of three phases. Firstly and already completed, a sewer line running underneath the High Peaks Resort and Lake House hotel was replaced and positioned higher in the ground so it would flow easily into a

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Underground Dwellings in the Big Apple: Water and Sewer Infrastructure Upgrades

Recently, a $71 million reconstruction project was completed in the New York City borough of Queens that comprised of thousands of feet in new sewer line and water mains to be installed. Crews wrapped up six years of work in installing more than 7,700 linear feet of storm sewers, which should help improve drainage in Flushing, Whitestone and College Point. The city also replaced more than 8,000 linear feet of iron water pipes to improve water distribution in the area and installed 1,800 linear feet of sanitary sewers. These investments provide a number of positives to the heavily populated area.

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Upstate NY Plans Extensive Upgrades to Storm Water Systems

Particular cities in upstate New York have had similar, as well as, troubling issues with their sewer systems. The dilemmas range from flooding- which has led to overflowing sewers, damaged homes and property, as well as unsafe roadways. Such is the unfortunate case in Lake Ontario’s southern edge, as the flooding has been more aggressive than usual, even temporarily closing businesses. The Lake, in recent weeks, has surged more than two feet high, sustained record breaking levels, and covered more than a hundred miles of coastline. In Greece, NY there have been the same concerns. A playground, several yards, and

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New York’s Uncommon Initiative to Control Contaminants in Waterways

Many New York Municipalities are finding unusual ways to bring their water systems up to date all while remaining conscientious of the environment. However, there are still some communities that are still struggling with the ongoing dilemma of the problem of sewage pouring out into waterways during rainfalls. This has brought an increasing concern for health related issues for residents. The boroughs of New York are now beginning to turn to a new treatment to bring bacteria in the sewer system under control. This pilot program would require adding chlorine in the sewer pipes leading to the waterways. In recent

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The City of Keene’s Massive Cluster of Wipes Clogs Sewer System

The city of Keene, NY has experienced a sustained dilemma with the all-too-familiar wipe, causing blockages in the sewer system. In recent years, the city has seen an increase in the use of flushable wipes which has subsequently placed a hardship on the treatment facility. While this epidemic is not necessarily a new problem, the amount used has greatly increased within the past several years. While many brands are labeled as flushable, they do not dissolve as toilet paper does. The are labeled with this redeeming quality due to a passing score on a test that requires wipes to begin to

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New York Devises Distress Signal for Sewer System

Various Cities throughout New York have recently implemented a cost-effective program to assist homeowners in the detection of a possible sewer problem, thwarting it before it begins. The Sewer Back-Up Alert System is a solar powered sensory and communications system designed to alert a homeowner of a sewer back up on their property. By providing a practical early warning system, it enables households to take appropriate actions to tend to an overflow problem quickly. Making “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” quite right, in this instance.  This sensory unit has all the makings of a high-tech

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