RJN will assist with project management & a sewer prioritization program, among other tasks
To assist with the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s (MSD) Capital Improvement and Replacement Program and their consent decree, RJN Group Inc. (RJN) has joined a “hybrid” team of MSD staff and vendors to provide comprehensive sewer system planning.
The team will perform services that augment, assist and facilitate various tasks and activities necessary to implement planning of the combined sewer and sanitary sewer overflow program. RJN’s role on this planning team is to perform a critical infrastructure assessment.
A complaint against the city alleges that since 2005 the city has had untreated sewage overflows from its sanitary sewer system in violation of the Clean Water Act
The city of Shreveport, La., has agreed to make significant upgrades to reduce overflows from its sanitary sewer system and pay a $650,000 civil penalty to resolve Clean Water Act (CWA) violations stemming from illegal discharges of raw sewage, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. The state of Louisiana, a co-plaintiff in this case, will receive half of the civil penalty.
Improper disposal of non-flushables leads to expensive clogging issues for utilities
INDA, the Assn. of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, the National Assn. of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the American Public Works Assn. (APWA) have agreed to work together to reduce the burden of non-flushable disposable products in the wastewater system. These products have been linked to expensive clogging issues for utilities and can potentially lead to costly sewer back-ups in communities and households across the country.
New facility will reduce sanitary sewer backups for more than 2,000 homes
The City of Elmhurst recently approved a contract with RJN Group Inc. for the final design of the Southwest Elmhurst Wet Weather Control Facility. RJN will provide the final design for the project, which includes the following five main elements:
Eleven billion gal of sewage released into East Coast bodies of water
A new article by USA Today reports that Superstorm Sandy released 11 billion gal of sewage into the bodies of water along the East Coast. Due to flooding of East Coast treatment facilities, sewage spilled into nearby waters from Connecticut to Washington, D.C. The article reports that one-third of the sewage was untreated and 94% was due to coastal flooding damage. According to the article, “It estimated the cost of repair to damaged plants at nearly $2 billion for New York and $2.7 billion for New Jersey.”
Settlement establishes control plan to protect Lackawanna River
The United States and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced a settlement with the Scranton Sewer Authority (SSA) resolving alleged Clean Water Act violations involving sewer overflows to the Lackawanna River and its tributaries.
In a proposed consent decree, the Scranton Sewer Authority has agreed to implement a 25-year plan to control and significantly reduce overflows of its sewer system, thereby helping improve water quality of the Lackawanna River and local streams. The plan is estimated to cost $140 million to implement.
RJN will locate defects in the sewer system & eliminate overflows over a three-year period
RJN Group Inc. has begun work on a Sewer System Evaluation Survey (SSES) project for the city of North Little Rock, Ark. The SSES is part of the city’s strategy to meet the requirements of a Consent Administrative Order that was entered into with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.
Chattanooga will pay $476,400 civil penalty, make improvements worth $250 million to prevent sewer overflows
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General announced a comprehensive Clean Water Act settlement with the city of Chattanooga, Tenn. Chattanooga has agreed to pay a $476,400 civil penalty and make improvements to its sewer systems, estimated by the city at $250 million, to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage.
Will assist in reducing overflows from wastewater systems and pollution from storm water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new framework to help local governments meet their Clean Water Act obligations. The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists EPA regional offices, states and local governments to develop voluntary storm and wastewater management plans and implement effective integrated approaches that will protect public health by reducing overflows from wastewater systems and pollution from storm water.
Partnership generated $26 million in savings for state residents after Hurricane Katrina
A New Orleans wastewater partnership with Veolia Water was recently recognized for excellence by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM). USCM presented the city and Veolia Water with an award for excellence in public/private partnerships.