By Jason Brooks, P.E.
Because infrastructure lies underneath the surface, most people only become aware of its necessity when something goes awry. However, a recent bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives intends to make it easier to fund much-needed water infrastructure projects.
By Eddie Wade, P.E.
Though much of our work takes place underground and out of sight, the effects of our work are felt throughout the community. LDA Engineering recently partnered on a project with Cannon & Cannon Engineering to solve overflow issues at Citico Creek. Not only was Citico Creek the first interceptor project completed under the EPA Consent Decree, but there was also additional pressure to complete the project within the strict schedule of 180 days.
By Don Mauldin, P.E.
A project with layers of perks that extend beyond the scope of the initial problem are more likely to be funded by cities. Other single-solution projects are increasingly being postponed or canceled entirely in favor of ones with multiple benefits to the city and its taxpayers.
Assessing the Capacity of a Small Community’s Sanitary Sewer System
In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notified the City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee (City), that it must upgrade its sanitary sewer system to eliminate sewer overflows. The notice was a “tall order” indeed. The major components of the Administrative Order were to:
- Document previous sanitary sewer overflows;
- Prepare a sewer overflow response plan, or SORP;
- Implement a management, operations and maintenance program, or MOM;
- Complete a system evaluation and rehabilitation plan, or SERP; and (5) implement the rehabilitation plan.
Starting this October, some property owners should expect to see a rate increase because of changes in how flood insurance is managed on the federal level.
At LDA Engineering, our response is to offer our clients insight into what this mean on a local, state and regional level. The answer is of considerable importance since our communities and clients are affected by water issues, particularly in a year of record rainfall.
When was the last time you considered the wastewater infrastructure that operates behind the scenes in your city? Although these systems may operate well in the background, maintaining and updating the infrastructure is critical to preventing asset failure thereby better protecting public health and safety. It may be out of sight, but it shouldn’t be out of mind.
LDA Engineering is proud to sponsor the The Rooftop Hop, a fundraising event for Green Spaces, in downtown Chattanooga on October 19. Green Spaces is a local charity created in 2008 that promotes sustainability in daily living, business operations and building practices in East Tennessee.
Lamar Dunn and Associates has a 30-year reputation of excellence in water engineering and management solutions. Our founder, Lamar Dunn, established and managed this business with quality people who have focused on becoming trusted advisers to our clients for engineering related services. We’re building on that legacy and launching a new logo, new look and new website for our growing company.