Providence Strives for Superior Conditions in Water Infrastructures

May 18

Providence Strives for Superior Conditions in Water Infrastructures

The city of Providence is very conscientious of water quality and climate change, both of which have created new challenges for utilities.  Particularly, the effects of rising sea levels and the likelihood of more severe rainstorms. The city has been making improvements to better prepare treatment plants and pump stations against flooding, storm surge, and other severe weather effects.  When a series of heavy rain events overflowed the Pawcatuck and Pawtuxet rivers, flooding greatly affected two major pump stations. Recently, a conducted study showed several of Rhode Island’s major treatment plants would see substantial flooding during a 100-year storm when climate impacts are factored in. The study proposed adaptive strategies for flood-proofing; elevating or relocating equipment or systems. A goal for future designs include improvements that would provide continuous operation up to a specified flood elevation. The state plans to lean on its wastewater plant operators as it implements the study’s recommendations and continues to adapt to climate change. All of the outlined projects in the future will aim to restore water quality in the Greater Narragansett Bay watershed, as well as, remain focused on storm water runoff. Runoff from storms can carry nutrients, such as nitrates from lawn fertilizers, into water bodies, leading to algae blooms that can cause low-oxygen conditions; a detriment to fish and shellfish. Additional projects which will best divert and treat runoff will also include the use of natural solutions, such as the construction of rain gardens, and artificial wetlands. Providence, you’re invited!! Perma-Liner Industries requests your attendance at our Open House in Anaheim, CA. It’s taking place for three days from June 13th –June 15th and we want to see you there! It’ll be chock-full of live demonstrations and information on all of the CIPP technology available. Don’t miss this! Call us to confirm your reservation @...

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Providence Hosts Wastewater Boot Camp

Oct 20

Providence Hosts Wastewater Boot Camp

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will host its popular Wastewater Management Boot Camp again this year. The first-of-its-kind program is a model nationally, adapted by a handful of states across the country.  The Boot Camp, which is a year-long, free training program, begins this week and will welcome treatment plant operators from communities, facilities across Rhode Island, including Bristol, Cranston, East Providence, Newport, West Warwick, Woonsocket, and the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Bucklin Point and Fields Point treatment plants.  In all, 15 communities have participated in the program which is now in its fifth season.  Plant operators know firsthand, there is a vital connection between clean water and economic vitality.  The goal of this program is to provide expert training and networking opportunities to the next generation of plant leadership in order to be better equipped to preserve the waterways for generations to come. The Wastewater Boot Camp has emerged as an important resource for municipalities and local treatment facilities and has proven to be a valuable means for continued collaborations with Rhode Island communities. Participants will receive training in plant management as well as technical instruction in engineering basics and process control, emergency preparedness, ethics, and working with regulatory bodies.  Lectures on key topics such as aquatic sciences and climate change will also be offered. The boot camp kicks off with a session at the Narragansett Bay Commission Fields Point Treatment Facility in Providence; subsequent sessions will be held monthly at sites across the state, including municipal wastewater treatment facilities, the University of Rhode Island, the RI Emergency Management Command Center, and DEM locations.  Development of the Boot Camp was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and training offerings are provided in partnership with the Narragansett Water Pollution Control...

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