Oct. 3, 2014
~DEP and city partner to ensure groundwater protection~
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with the city of Coconut Creek, together have committed $450,000 dollars to critical upgrades to the antiquated sewer collection system to ensure the protection of groundwater. DEP contributed $225,000 to the effort, which the city matched.
“Preventative maintenance of wastewater systems is key to protecting Florida’s ground and surface waters,” said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “We are happy to partner with the city of Coconut Creek to fund the inspection and repair of this collection system to bring it up to 2014 standards.”
“The city of Coconut Creek is excited and grateful to be receiving $225,000 in grant funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection,” said City Manager Mary Blasi. “This funding will be used for the maintenance and rehabilitation of Coconut Creek’s wastewater system, which services residents and businesses throughout the city. Specifically, the grant will help maintain the reliability and structural integrity of lift stations, sewer inspection chambers and sewer pipes. We would like to express our sincere gratitude toward House Representative Waldman and Senator Ring for their support of the city of Coconut Creek in obtaining this funding.”
When wastewater systems age, the chance for exfiltration of wastewater into groundwater increases. To counteract this, rehabilitation is required to pipes, manholes and lift stations. This project will address all three parts of the wastewater system and is required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit that the city holds.
Coconut Creek will first conduct an inspection of sewer pipes using a closed-circuit television system. This system provides video of the internal conditions of the pipes, which are analyzed by an inspector to identify areas that need to be repaired or replaced. This is more cost efficient than repairing the entire system.
For the manhole rehabilitation portion of this project, the structures will be cleaned and inspected for leaks. Some will require partial reconstruction due to deterioration. Once repaired, they will be relined to prevent leakage. The lift station repairs will focus on replacing defective valves as well as installing additional valves to optimize system operation.
The project will focus on the Wynmoor and Township sections of the city and is expected to be completed by fall 2015.