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- 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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Narragansett’s Benefit to Storm Water: Quahogs

Apr 29

Narragansett’s Benefit to Storm Water: Quahogs

The Narragansett Bay Commission, which operates the major sewage treatment plants for Rhode Island, recently opened the first phase of the combined sewer outfall (CSO) pollution abatement system – a planned series of tunnels that will collect waste water during rain storms and hold it until it can be properly treated. This is a common solution to the problems of CSO’s, and it’s anticipated that the outcome will be cleaner water in the upper bay. As this might result in the opening of waters long-closed to commercial shell fishing, an assessment is being conducted of the potential impact of quahog larval supply and distribution, as well as an analysis of production and market impacts if quahog landings from the upper bay increase. Shellfish are arguably Rhode Island’s most valuable resource. Just as the many beaches are a tourist attraction, the state’s quahogs, oysters and clams are an additional interest. The shellfish that inhabit Rhode Island waters are part of the Ocean State’s social and cultural fabric, and are integral pieces of a marine ecosystem that provides economic, employment, recreational and environmental benefits. Bacteria levels are down dramatically in upper Narragansett Bay over the last seven years, since the completion of the first phase of a massive public works project to contain and treat contaminated storm water. According to the latest report from the Narragansett Bay Commission, levels of bacteria have been reduced by 50 percent in the wake of construction of a 3-mile long, 26-foot-wide tunnel deep under the city that can store tainted runoff. The size of the reduction is significantly larger than the 40-percent decrease that was estimated when the Combined Sewer Overflow Project was first devised. Interesting fact: A small oyster farm can clean as much as 100 million gallons of water a day. Certified Installers take note: Perma-Liner Industries would like to invite you to our Refresher Training (Perma-Lateral™ specific) that will take place on July 12th and 13th at our Clearwater facility!! Please plan on attending. Register by calling 1-866-336-2568 or Click Here! See you...

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