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Starting Monday March 11, sanitary sewers in the Abbott Tract area will start to undergo a rigorous inspection that includes televising the interior of more than four miles of pipes, a necessary first step in essential ongoing maintenance and repair of sanitary sewers.
The work is expected to last approximately one week during which minimal street closures are anticipated and residents will have access to their properties. The work is being performed by Underground Pipeline Rehabilitation, Inc. under contract with the city.
The affected streets are Abbott St., Pine St., Locust St., Mulberry St., Joiner St., Shenandoah St., Osceola St., Water St., and the east side of San Marco Ave./S. Castillo Dr. between Shenandoah St. and Ocean Ave.
If residents or businesses in the area experience sewer odors or service problems while the work is underway, or have any questions, that may contact John Ruddell, Wastewater Collections Supervisor, Public Works Department at 904.825.1043 x25.
One of the biggest challenges to operating an efficient sanitary sewer system is to ensure that all the water that needs to be treated gets treated, and that water that does not need treatment doesn’t get it. Seems simple, but when aging pipes allow rainwater or groundwater to enter the sewer system, a lot of water that does not need to be treated, gets treated; not an efficient use of resources.
The solution? Find the leaks and stops the leaks. That’s the basis of current inspections of the sanitary sewer systems in the Abbott Tract area.
The project includes inspecting, cleaning and lining sewers with the goal of eliminating rainwater inflow and groundwater infiltration. Commonly referred to as “I-&-I,” the problem occurs when groundwater and/or rainwater enters the sanitary sewer system, travels through pump stations and ends up at the wastewater treatment plant necessitating its treatment just as if it were waste water.
When water that does not need to be treated enters the treatment system, the system is over burdened because it is handling much more water than necessary. For instance, when excessive rainwater enters the system it may result in sewage overflows from manholes into the streets or even has the potential to backup into homes. The fix is to find and eliminate areas where I-&-I creates such problems.
Currently, work to alleviate this problem is underway in the Abbott Tract. The first step is to inspect nearly two miles of sewer mains in the area by cleaning sediments and grease and then introducing television cameras into the pipes to video record their condition.
Then the pipes will be lined with a chemical treated poly product that seals all cracks and voids and substantially extends the life of the pipe and preventing the need to cut open the road and replace the sewer at a much greater cost.
This project is part of an ongoing and aggressive program by the City of St. Augustine to address challenges of aging infrastructure in both its sanitary sewer system as well as its water mains. More information on how the city is meeting the challenge in its water main infrastructure is detailed in the Annual Water Main Improvements Plan Report, which includes evaluations and recommendations for the replacement of existing water mains as well as proposed construction of new water mains in nearly a dozen areas through the service area, including the Abbott Tract.