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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-31-2011, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Now this is water pollution

Over 32 million gallons of raw sewage pumped into the Schuylkill River, and not a peep from anyone here trying to protect our precious drinking water. I bet no one even asks that the city of Reading be find as the same level drillers would be fined if they caused this much pollution. Double standard?

Raw sewage into the Schuylkill River

Repair crews Tuesday found the cause of the sewage leak that shut down the city's 42-inch sewer main: a fist-sized hole in the bottom of the steel pipe.

Rather than replacing the section of pipe, the crews began fitting and welding a clamp around the pipe at the hole, a permanent repair that city officials expected to be completed by early today.

City Managing Director Carl E. Geffken said late Tuesday that workers were still at the scene making repairs and hoped to have the main fixed and back online before daybreak.

Geffken said crews still had to do some welding and slowly increase the pressure in the pipe.

Meanwhile, the city has been diverting raw sewage into the Schuylkill River, up to 12 million gallons a day, from the Sixth and Canal streets pumping station to take pressure off the main so it can be fixed. The city will stop dumping sewage into the river as soon as the main is fixed.

And city officials still are asking customers to cut back on their sewer use.

The nearly 60-year-old main has no backup main. The city early this year hired an engineering firm to design a new pipe, and construction is expected to begin late this year at an expected cost of $15 million.

Engineers doing field work for the new pipe found the leak in the old one Monday about noon. The site is just under the West Shore Bypass where it crosses the Schuylkill River.

The break is only about 100 yards downstream from the site of a major break in January 2008, when 20 million gallons of raw sewage had to be dumped into the river.

The city's sewage flows by gravity through many pipes to the Sixth and Canal pumping station.

From there it's pumped under pressure uphill to the sewage treatment plant, which is why the line is called a force main.

Ralph Johnson, superintendent of the sewage treatment plant, said fitting the clamp - essentially a sleeve with two halves bolted together - to the pipe is a long and tedious process.

Large sewer mains often get slightly deformed when buried for decades, and the clamp also must fit over a coupling.

Crews were working in a hole along the old main some 15 feet deep and protected from cave-ins by heavy steel shoring plates.

The leaking sewage is being pumped out of the hole so the crews can work, and extra air is being pumped into the hole - both to provide extra oxygen and to offset the odor.

Johnson said that after the 2008 break, the city created an emergency action plan to deal with problems in the future.

That plan is working, he said.

"We're a lot further ahead than we were last time," Johnson said.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-31-2011, 11:39 PM
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And the Md. AG filed suit for the spill in Bradford County

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/h...rMoJ_story.html


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Update!!

Reports are now up to 75 million gallons of raw sewage dumped into the river. Where is the outrage from off those who supposedly are looking out for our best interests in protecting the drinking water? There are a lot of people who will have to drink this crap as it flows down stream
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What a shame I feel for the people who will affected by this.

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It's not in there back yard, that's why you don't see the uproar. I'm surprised GTF didn't post this article.

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I'm sure there will be fines to pay either from the Fish and Boat Commission or DEP or both. You just will not hear much about it.
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It's not in there back yard, that's why you don't see the uproar. I'm surprised GTF didn't post this article.
I didn't see it until after it was posted already.

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Happens wherever and whenever there are catastrophic floods. Sewer treatment plants are typically built along streams where they can more easily discharge treated water, which means most of them are in flood plains.

A broken sewer main the size of the one you described, just adds to the misery. Thousands of towns and cities with old sewer systems that really need to be replaced, but no state or federal money to do the jobs.

Instead, most of the available money now goes for new sewage treatment systems, where too many on-lot septic systems are causing problems with water table pollution.

State and federal money is limited, more so now than ever, with the economy in the tank.

Schools need government money. So do road and bridge projects and a coupla dozen other "high priority" issues. Problem is, the government is broke, primarily from spending money on other things that some clamored for.

People have become conditioned to expecting the government to pay for and provide everything.

Doesn't work well, when too many are not contributing money to the government and instead, expecting the government to give them things. We are now at the point where less than half the population pays anything in federal taxes.

Simply put, it doesn't work when more are drawing out, than are paying in.

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Happens wherever and whenever there are catastrophic floods. Sewer treatment plants are typically built along streams where they can more easily discharge treated water, which means most of them are in flood plains.
It happens alot more than just floods. There is way too much water infiltration into sewar systems from just rain storms in a buch of old towns. Old homes with floor drains in their basements...sump pumps directed to the sanitary sewar in home....down spouts discharging into the system. Then add in the normal infiltration from manhole covers, cracked/poor fit sewar lines, and whatnot. I know before our town updated the treatment plant years ago flow from a heavy rain would sometimes overwhelm the plant and all they could do was open the gates. If memory serves me correctly each time that happens it has to be reported by the town and I believe they ate a fine. I know when I built this place 25 years ago I ran into some delay getting a sewar hook-up permit.....they were close to capacity at the time.

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Get use to it. We have an aging infrastructure.

In most, if not all municipalities, it is illegal to have your down spouts, floor drains and sump pumps connected to the sanitary sewer system.

During extreme flooding events, fines are not given. There's a difference between overflows and backups due to a faulty sanitary system and those caused by extreme amounts of rain/flooding.
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