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Old 09-15-2017, 01:23 PM
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The recent events in Florida are noteworthy, in that recent, never before seen, weather patterns have wrecked havoc on Florida's infrastructure.

This morning I read an article which reported 200 hundred sewage spills across the state, and their effects.

Fortunately, the majority of Florida derives their water from groundwater sources.

What does this have to do with Charlotte?

We have a major wastewater treatment plant in Huntersville, whose product is dumped into creeks, which flow into Mountain Island Lake. And just below the bend, is Charlotte's drinking water intake.

Given the recent, abnormal, events in Florida (in addition to the freak weather event in nearby Columbia SC a year or two ago), is there cause for concern in Charlotte?

Is the City well prepared for an (extremely) unusual weather event that might affect the wastewater plant in Huntersville?

Again, an event at the wastewater plant would not be a "drop in the bucket," as the plant is directly above Charlotte's water intake.

Not looking to cause any alarm, nor am I overly concerned about it. But this morning's report had me wondering.
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Old 09-15-2017, 01:31 PM
 
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Why don't you contact the city utilities department and ask them?

Contact Charlotte Water
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Old 09-15-2017, 04:42 PM
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Why don't you contact the city utilities department and ask them?

Contact Charlotte Water
I thought I would post this on the forum, because my fellow posters have a wealth of knowledge, and sometimes reveal insights into information that the average representative doesn't have.

But you're right; it's probably best that I go right to the source
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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Honestly I doubt most municipalities are prepared for truly catastrophic events such as the flooding in Columbia a year or two ago. It's just too costly to plan for every single possible scenario, including the 'once in 500 year flood'. Many would argue it's too costly NOT to plan for that and both would probably be right to a degree.

The infrastructure in the US is seriously in bad shape and freak weather events really shine a light on it.
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:24 PM
 
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What is the alternative?
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Old 09-16-2017, 12:25 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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The recent events in Florida are noteworthy, in that recent, never before seen, weather patterns have wrecked havoc on Florida's infrastructure.

This morning I read an article which reported 200 hundred sewage spills across the state, and their effects.

Fortunately, the majority of Florida derives their water from groundwater sources.

What does this have to do with Charlotte?

We have a major wastewater treatment plant in Huntersville, whose product is dumped into creeks, which flow into Mountain Island Lake. And just below the bend, is Charlotte's drinking water intake.

Given the recent, abnormal, events in Florida (in addition to the freak weather event in nearby Columbia SC a year or two ago), is there cause for concern in Charlotte?

Is the City well prepared for an (extremely) unusual weather event that might affect the wastewater plant in Huntersville?

Again, an event at the wastewater plant would not be a "drop in the bucket," as the plant is directly above Charlotte's water intake.

Not looking to cause any alarm, nor am I overly concerned about it. But this morning's report had me wondering.
OK, I'm confused. After screening & treating sewage water, the water released from sewage treatment plants is considered to be clean water. What is done with the solids is beyond me. In Milwaukee, the solids are sanitized & sold as Milorganite, for a pretty penney.

Sewage spills are usually the result of breaks in a sewer line, most frequently resulting from deep freezes in the winter or by old pipes. For the sewage spill to occur at the sewage treatment plant, there would have to be a catastrophic failure. Years ago, I remember seeing pictures or video of a sewage treatment facility. It seems that there is a failsafe to prevent dumping contaminated water in case of a power failure. Under normal failures, the treatment facility would be contaminated, unless the facility was blown up. As to what would happen during a hurricane, the answer probably lies in what happened during Hugo.
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Old 09-16-2017, 04:51 AM
 
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OK, I'm confused. After screening & treating sewage water, the water released from sewage treatment plants is considered to be clean water. What is done with the solids is beyond me. In Milwaukee, the solids are sanitized & sold as Milorganite, for a pretty penney.

Sewage spills are usually the result of breaks in a sewer line, most frequently resulting from deep freezes in the winter or by old pipes. For the sewage spill to occur at the sewage treatment plant, there would have to be a catastrophic failure. Years ago, I remember seeing pictures or video of a sewage treatment facility. It seems that there is a failsafe to prevent dumping contaminated water in case of a power failure. Under normal failures, the treatment facility would be contaminated, unless the facility was blown up. As to what would happen during a hurricane, the answer probably lies in what happened during Hugo.
I hope you haven't been traveling to Milwaukee to purchase. I will donate my solids to anyone interested for free.

We visited the sewage treatment plant in Charlotte as part of a field trip in middle school. What a treat it was.
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Concord NC
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How much more are people willing to pay in taxes and fees or for services or products in order to put in place "preventions" for every foreseeable and hypothetical occurrence? Be prepared and have a plan (if either are feasible) for potential events which concern you.
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:30 AM
 
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There is actually a science to disaster recovery that considers probability and impact that our city services management considers.
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Old 09-16-2017, 08:24 AM
 
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I thought I would post this on the forum, because my fellow posters have a wealth of knowledge, and sometimes reveal insights into information that the average representative doesn't have.

But you're right; it's probably best that I go right to the source
Or they might be completely full of bad information.
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