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Are Sump Pumps Costing Your Community Money?

Posted by Ryan Brauen on Tuesday, February 09, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Most homeowners never think about their sump pump until a problem occurs, let alone how their discharge could be affecting the community.  A sump pump is a mechanical device typically located in a sump pit in a basement or crawl space.  Its purpose is to pump accumulated clear water (i.e., groundwater or stormwater) from building foundation drains and downspouts to the stormwater system.  

Unfortunately, many sump pumps are improperly plumbed into the sanitary sewer system, putting an additional burden on the sanitary sewer collection system and the wastewater treatment plant.

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Tags: sewer, clear water, sump pump

Flushable Wipes Are Causing Superknots in Sanitary Sewer Systems

Posted by Ryan Brauen on Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

It's doing millions of dollars worth of damage each year and the problem does not seem to be going away anytime soon. 

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Tags: sanitary sewer system, sewer line

Best Practices for Avoiding a Costly Sanitary Sewer Connection Ban

Posted by Ryan Brauen on Thursday, December 18, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

As cities grow and expand, the flow to wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), also known as publicly owned treatment works (POTWs), increases. Many times, if preventative measures aren’t taken, the WWTPs can reach and exceed their capacity. What happens then?



When a treatment plant reaches or approaches 90% of it’s hydraulic or organic design capacity, Rule 327 IAC 4-1-3 states that IDEM will notify the operator that a Sewer Connection Ban may be necessary. The Town of Greentown, Indiana experienced these issues during the past decade. Town officials engaged with Wessler to make major improvements to their collection and waste treatment systems.

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Tags: sewer inspections, WWTP, sanitary sewer system, sewer line

Oxidation Ditch Upgrade Energy Savings While Increasing Peak Flows

Posted by Ryan Brauen on Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

In case you missed it or need to see it again, Ryan Brauen's IWEA presentation is below.

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Tags: IWEA,, Oxidation

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