Environment

Where ECUA gives Pensacola its enema

June 26, 2013

Apparently it’s at B and Garden streets. We always thought it was 222 W Main Street.

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  • John Minor, CGC, CFM June 26, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Natalie presents real tech. I am sure we ,as 40 yr resident, will have challenges for years with the old piping set to run downhill to what what was previously known as old stinky now a state of the art waste water treatment facility.

    I know I am working a half dozen NJ post Sandy communities that would love to have what Baskerville Donovan and other did for the city.

    Now fix the water and get us off the national news.

    Thanks for your hard work.

    Respectfully, John Minor CGC, CFM

  • shout out June 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    i & i sounds like an enema – inflow and infiltration, right? At least the doctor gives you advance notice whereas ECUA issues a press release 3 days after the “event”.

  • jeeperman June 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    maybe Nathalie can confirm but I think this is a grouting process that forces a slurry of clay like stuff into the underground lines which is then forced into cracks and joints on the underground lines.
    Attempting to seal the lines against groundwater coming into the lines.
    ECUA did not build a new treatment plant to be treating groundwater.

  • nathalie June 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    My pleasure, Rick. This is actually using a pretty neat process called cured-in-place pipe lining (CIPPL), which allows for the rehabilitation of leaking or failing wastewater pipes with minimal disruption to existing infrastructure. We don’t have to dig up the road and disrupt neighborhoods. This “trenchless technology” involves inverting a felt tube (saturated with a mixture of thermosetting resin and catalyst) into a damaged pipe. Heat is used to cure the tube, which creates a new, long-lasting surface for the existing pipe. Pretty darn cool.

  • nathalie June 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    This project is actually part of a long-term effort to address inflow and infiltration issues within the sewer collection system. ECUA has committed considerable resources to the issue of sewer inflow and infiltration (I & I) in the last two fiscal years. This is an issue that affects, and is of great concern to, wastewater utilities throughout North America. Working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, ECUA has laid out a plan to address the situation over the next 16 years. The benefits of a regional I&I control program are: protecting public health, the environment, and decreasing wastewater treatment costs.

    • Rick Outzen June 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you, Nathalie.

  • shout out June 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I enjoy the juxtaposition of humor with my daily dose of political dysfunction. Thanks Rick!