Providence’s (Finely-Tuned) Sewer and Water Projects

Jul 07

Providence’s (Finely-Tuned) Sewer and Water Projects

The city of Providence is off to a busy start this month with the Greenville Avenue sewer and water line extension projects. The water line has been completed from the pump station up to approximately 300 feet east of Pine Hill Road. Upgraded infrastructures, including pipeline replacements, are a necessary commodity in an effort to keep the systems working smoothly. For the time being, traffic may continue to be affected in the area of construction. The city has replaced a good portion of the sewer in recent years, including 6,500 linear feet of 16-inch water pipe, 1,620 linear feet of sewer pipe. Additionally, seven hydrants and seven manholes were installed. Fortunately, a sewer overflow abatement program, which began as an impetus to reduce contaminants, is now complete with an underground storage tunnel. The tunnel contents are pumped back to Providence’s treatment facility. This effective strategy has improved the water quality in leaps and bounds when compared to a time the upper bay suffered numerous closures. Storm water runoff has also had a large effect on bacteria laden shellfish, partly due to the deterioration of septic systems. These conditions have led to continual harvesting restrictions to large areas of Narragansett Bay, leaving only a small section open to shellfishing. Interestingly, shellfish work hand in hand with the environment as they filter algae from the water. A large oyster can filter up to 50 gallons a day, making them awesome helpers on behalf of cleaner water. Providence, did you know? In addition to sewer extensions, water meters will also be upgraded and modernized. An initiative to install a new meter system is now underway. Expected to be an effective tool for time management, the new devices will be read remotely. The current system requires reading the meters from inside consumers’ homes. Contact Perma-Liner for all of your pipelining...

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Providence- Calm, Cool and Collected through Wind, Rain, or Snow Storm

Mar 16

Providence- Calm, Cool and Collected through Wind, Rain, or Snow Storm

The city of Providence may have things stirred, but nevertheless, not shaken. Whether it’s a problem stemming from a mishap of spilled contaminants in the waterways due to storm water drainage, to a flooded sewer system and streets, to a collapsed wind turbine, or all of the above, Providence has got this!  Due to the most recent storm, many neighborhoods in and around Providence have issued a flood advisory, as well as a high wind warning. Because of these conditions- and strong wind gusts over 60 mph- a wind turbine in Narragansett also suffered a collapse, resulting in numerous power outages statewide. Current projects for the city also include a new and improved sewer maintenance schedule, in order to abate the problems created through flooding and to improve the condition of the local rivers. It’s not only a commitment to the community and the environment but to better, more sustainable infrastructures. Interesting fact: wind turbines are getting more recognition as a viable energy source, generating more than half of the power at the treatment facility which treats wastewater from Providence, Johnston, North Providence, as well as Lincoln and Cranston. Depending on the season, the power of the wind turbines fluctuates and produces more or less at a given time. The turbines stand approximately 364 feet tall when their blades are at the highest points. The turbines in Rhode Island are known to be the tallest. The Ocean State is also home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm. The Block Island Wind Farm- the first of its kind, nationwide- received accolades during recent winter storm Stella. The wind farm successfully weathered winds that topped out at approximately 70 miles an hour. Rhode Island is experiencing rapid growth in renewable-energy development with 20 land-based wind turbines, totaling a combined capacity enough to power more than 6,000 homes or a small town about the size of North...

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Warwick Gets Green Light on Sewer Funding

Mar 15

Warwick Gets Green Light on Sewer Funding

Rhode Island’s second-largest city took the first step toward finally installing sewers in the roughly 35 percent of the city that is not connected to the sewer system. The Warwick Sewer Authority will rehabilitate the sewer system using approximately $56 million in revenue bonds.  This aims at completing the installations which have been on hold for several years. One ordinance authorizes about $23 million in revenue bonds for treatment improvements mandated by the state Department of Environmental Management and also to raise the levee intended to protect the plant from flooding. The second ordinance authorizes about $33 million in revenue bonds to resume long-planned projects that would extend sewer lines to parts of Governor Francis Farms, the O’Donnell Hill, Northwest Gorton Pond and Bayside neighborhoods. Mandatory sewer assessments are estimated to cost $15,000 to $30,000 per household over a 20-year period. The state is requiring that cesspools near the coastline and other wetlands be replaced with either sewers or septic systems. Perma-Liner Industries can help! Go online to www.perma-liner.com or call 1-866-336-2568 to see our products and services for your sewer pipeline rehabilitation. We also have LIVE DEMOS coming up in April and May scheduled for Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and Philadelphia. We want to share the latest innovations in CIPP technology. Come see what we have to offer! Providence, have you registered yet for the NASTT’s No-Dig Show? It’s being held this month in Dallas. The NASTT No-Dig show is the largest trenchless technology conference in North America. Professionals attend to learn new techniques that will save money and improve infrastructure. We’ll have many fascinating, informative demo’s on the latest trenchless technologies along with exhibits, products and resources on all of our services locally and nationwide. You won’t want to miss it! Location: Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center/ March 20th-24th 1501 Gaylord Trail Grapevine, TX...

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Out with the Old Cesspools, In with the New

Feb 16

Out with the Old Cesspools, In with the New

A new law in Rhode Island requires the removal of existing cesspools from service after a property is sold. This is among the changes to onsite wastewater rules this year in Rhode Island. Replacing a cesspool with a septic tank typically costs approximately $12,000-$15,000. Homeowners who choose to attach to their municipality’s sewage system pay around $7,000. Two percent loans are available for those who qualify. New cesspools have been banned in Rhode Island since 1968, but there are still about 25,000 in operation. The Cesspool Act that has recently been signed into law, requires cesspools to be disconnected and replaced with a modern septic system or connection to a sewer system within 12 months of the sale of the property. It’s important to note, if a homeowner closed on the sale of their property prior to January 1, of this year, the upgrade requirement does not apply until the next time the property is transferred.  The changes now being enforced are anticipated to result in approximately 400 cesspools being taken out of service every year. The removal of cesspools from yards and other property across the state, is expected to be a fundamental step toward improving the water quality of Narragansett Bay. Providence installers and residents alike, are you interested in continuing education courses? Did you know the University of Rhode Island at Kingston is offering instructive courses in wastewater processes? One of the offered courses you may be interested in is a Functional Inspections course. This one-day class focuses on how to perform a functional (point-of-sale) inspection of a conventional wastewater treatment system which is typically done prior to home sales. Topics covered include a brief inspection refresher, elements of a functional inspection, newer tools and techniques, and wastewater management. This course also includes a field trip to practice what you’ve learned.  Additional courses range from surveying techniques to nitrogen in the environment and how it effects wastewater...

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North Smithfield Sewer Commission

Oct 06

North Smithfield Sewer Commission

Residents of North Smithfield, did you know you have a sewer commission working on your behalf? The committee was enacted to provide sewer services with the Town of North Smithfield. They will have responsibility for the construction, alteration, repair, maintenance and operation relating to the functions and services within its jurisdiction as defined in the Public Laws of Rhode Island of 1973. If interested in seeking appointment to the organization, you may submit an application to the town clerk.  The sewer commission shall consist of five members each a qualified elector of the town, appointed by the town council for a term of five years. Most recently the Sewer Commission worked on an assessment project and submitted recommendations for sewer assessment methods, as well as, fee structure.  In making their analysis there were many factors to consider such as the planned rate of sewer expansion, the current infrastructure make-up, composition and age of the sewer system, and the economic condition of the users of the potential sewer system.  The final recommendation of the commission was to offer any person who, with the approval of the board and town council, pays any portion of the cost of installing or repairing a sewer in a street or highway bordering their property and who agrees to convey all of the right, title, and interest in such sewer to the town may apply to the board for a credit against his sewer assessment for the value of the work which was financed. Providence, looking for a highly recommended plumber?  Perma-Liner Industries has partnered with the best plumbers in your area to provide you with outstanding service.  We provide only the best referrals for licensed and certified professionals.  Call us or go online to see how we can help.  1-866-336-2568 or...

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Duckling and the Block Island Sewer Plant

Aug 12

Duckling and the Block Island Sewer Plant

Every once in a while something gets into the sewer system that doesn’t belong there. As was the case with Franklin the duckling. Thankfully, he was pulled to safety when workers from the Block Island Sewer Plant recently discovered him (and 8 other ducklings) in the filtering system with no immediate plans of escaping. Residents reported witnessing a mother and her ducklings lingering near the clarifier days before only to notice the ducklings out of site. One may be reminiscent of the book ‘Are You My Mother?’ right about now. Fortunately, all ducklings were pulled to safety. All but one-Franklin. No worries, the story ends on a high note. The sewer plant workers were able to rescue the lone duckling and he has since been adopted by the Early Learning Center on the Island. A happy ending! Block Islanders, get ready for the 7th annual ‘Taste of Block Island’. This is an opportune time to enjoy the beaches, tourist attractions, shopping, great food and comradery. This ‘off the beaten track’ scenic town in Rhode Island has much to offer. This event is being sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and is taking place September 25th-27th.   Providence, SAVE THE DATE!! Mark your calendars because we’ve got an exciting event all our own and you won’t want to miss this! On September 15th-17th Perma-Liner Industries is hosting a very special event and we’d love to see you!! We’re having our Open House at our facility in Clearwater, FL. and it’s sure to be a great time. We’ll have our excellent staff here to answer all of your questions about Cured-in-Place Pipeline products and our state of the art trenchless technology. Come out and see live demonstrations, share friendly conversations and gain information. Meals will be provided! Please register at no cost: info@perma-liner.com or 1-866-336-2568. Click Here to...

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