St. Louis is in the process of a reconstruction project which begins with the ground, literally. The first step is to compose fertile soil for landscaping at the Gateway Arch grounds in St. Louis. As part of the project, workers planted about 400,000 radishes in an effort to soften the compacted soil at the national park, which is largely low-quality clay fill. The radishes have been beneficial as they release vital nutrients into the soil. The old ash trees on the Arch grounds were at risk due to the lack of fertile soil. To remedy the problem, contractors have matched compost with the grasses that are being planted, allowing for the right mix of nutrients and organisms. Approximately $5 million has been spent to purchase and truck in tons of specific soil blends-enough to cover 18 football fields in three feet of dirt. Better soil means trees can live longer and develop deeper roots. Construction for the $380 million CityArchRiver renovation should be completed next summer, with nearly 900 London plane trees replacing the ash trees. CityArchRiver connects the Gateway Arch grounds with the East and West riverfronts and the region. The renovations are needed to accommodate for events and public education, expanded museum space, additional park acreage and bicycle trails, children’s play areas and performance venues.
DIY tips for lawn and garden composting:
· Start your pile or compost bin in a dry, shady spot near a water source
· Add a blend of “greens” and “browns,” such as grass clippings and mulched leaves
· Moisten the compost with water and keep moist at all times
· Add food waste, such as fruits, veggies, egg shells, coffee grounds and more
· Turn the compost pile weekly with a shovel or pitchfork
· Compost is ready to use once it is dark and rich in color
St. Louis, did you know the city is offering rebates for rainscaping? Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavement, and other activities that manage storm water as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else. In addition to rain gardens and bioswales, a diverse landscape that includes trees, shrubs, perennials, mulch, and amended soils intercepts and disperses rain as it falls, and allows more water absorption into the soil and near plants. To participate in this water conservation program, each landowner with property located in one of the focus areas, is eligible to receive a rebate of 75% of approved and documented costs up to a maximum of $4,500 for project design, implementation, and/or maintenance costs for rainscaping all or part of their yards. Residential, institutional, and commercial landowners are eligible to participate.
Rainscaping practices can include features such as rain gardens, bioswales, trees and shrubs, green roofs, etc. to slow down, soak up and reuse rainwater before it carries pollutants to a local stream. Rainscaping can also be utilized to solve a drainage problem and improve water quality. A rain garden beautifies property and creates habitat for wildlife, such as birds and butterflies, in addition to other benefits.
Save the Dates: Perma-Liner Industries has a lineup of events for you to attend! All are invited to come to one, or if you’re adventurous, all of our LIVE DEMOS coming up in April and May. You can go to www.perma-liner.com to register and find out more but first…here are the dates and locations to save: We’ll be in Seattle April 27th, Chicago May 4th and Philadelphia May 18th. You can expect to have our knowledgeable staff showing you the latest CIPP technology. We want to see you there!
Recent flooding has been an ongoing concern for residents of St. Louis and surrounding areas. Heavy rains have caused many properties to experience damages in the form of landslides, erosion and sewer backups. Additionally, just a few months ago, the rain set a record as the highest level, to date. With extensive rain persisting, if you happen to have a well, it can become a compounding problem. If your well has been flooded, the well and entire water system should be cleaned and disinfected. Floods can contaminate wells with silt, raw sewage, oil and disease organisms. There are a few first steps you’ll want to consider. Start by removing silt and debris from the well and examine the casing, motors and pumps, piping, electrical and other system components for damage. Consult a serviceman if damage is extreme or if you are unable to make repairs. To disinfect a well start by pumping the water until it is clear. Scrub and disinfect the pump room and wash all equipment with at least a 2 percent chlorine solution. Remove the well seal or plug at the top of the casing. Pour a solution of one quart of laundry bleach and 3 gallons of water into the top of the casing. Leave it there at least four hours, preferably overnight.
St. Louis, are you looking for an environmentally sound way to volunteer? How about the Great Rivers Greenway? The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and Missouri American Water are hosting the 8th annual Confluence Trash Bash, being held on Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Area residents are invited to join cleanup efforts, helping to improve the condition of local waterways. To date, volunteers have removed more than 5,400 tires and about 100 tons of trash from area streams and rivers. Prizes will be awarded to volunteers who find the weirdest, biggest, and most expensive trash that morning.
The city of Kirkwood is participating in a Sewer Lateral Insurance Program to assist homeowners with the cost of repairs to residential sewer lateral service lines. Average costs of these repairs are typically $3,000 or more. The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District does not pay for sewer lateral repairs. If you experience a blockage of your lateral sewer service line, the first thing to do is have your sewer lateral cabled. Cabling a blocked lateral is a home maintenance expense, therefore, the cost of cabling is not reimbursable under this insurance program. A $400 deposit is required for the city to conduct a video inspection and cable the line if necessary. The City will authorize you to make arrangements with a City contractor to video inspect the line. The cost of the inspection, cabling, cleaning, and/or unclogging will be deducted from the deposit and the remaining deposit refunded to you.
Kirkwood’s program applies to residential property containing six or fewer dwelling units. All residential condominiums are also included under the Sewer Lateral Program. The cost of the program is funded through an annual fee of $28, which will be placed on the property owner’s County property tax bill. In the event that accessory structures such as fences, sheds, garages, etc. are in the path of the lateral and lie over the damaged portion of the lateral, the City reserves the right to reroute the lateral, or to require any fences, landscaping or accessory structures to be moved at your expense.
This is where Perma-liner Industries can help! We manufacture state of the art equipment to keep your landscaping and home intact. We offer trenchless, Cured-in-Place Pipelining (CIPP). It is not only the quickest solution, but the most convenient and cost effective method for rehabilitating your underground pipelines. A major project like the repair of a sewer lateral can be met with ease if the right equipment is used. We want to hear from you! Call us or go online to find out more. 1-866-336-2568/ www.perma-liner.com
The Metropolitan Sewer District is implementing a long-term control plan (LTCP) to eliminate all sewer overflow disturbances during a 23-year period, as part of a consent agreement. The MSD is expediting project delivery throughout its service area by implementing a structured schedule and outlined design for several area infrastructure improvement projects. The Lemay Watershed will undergo more than 70 projects during a 5 to 10 year period. The Lemay Service Area covers nearly 119 square miles in the City of St. Louis and a portion of St. Louis County west and south of the city. The program will encompass four watersheds within the Lemay Service Area, including Gravois Creek, Mackenzie Creek, Martigney Creek and University City. Some areas are served by combined sewers while others are served by separate sanitary and storm sewers. Wastewater treatment is provided at the Lemay Wastewater Treatment Facility.
The span of the project includes review and evaluation of sewer sizes, recommended alignments and lengths, including hydraulic analysis and design assumptions, as well as private inflow reduction (PIR), and preliminary studies for some projects. Wet weather storage facilities and pump stations will be constructed to handle peak flows during storm events. Storage facilities may be above or below ground and will be designed to blend in with the surrounding area. The storage facilities will be equipped with automatic controls for filling, emptying and flushing as well as remote operation.
St. Louis, SAVE THE DATE! Perma-Liner Industries cordially invites you to the annual WWETT show! The Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show is happening on February 17th– 20th at the Indiana Convention Center.
100 South Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46225 U.S.A.
This is the largest annual trade show of its kind, the WWETT Show attracts some 14,000 environmental service professionals and exhibitor personnel from 53 countries. Register now and SAVE.
St. Louis has sustained historic flooding from the Meramec River, a relatively small Mississippi tributary that bombarded communities in the far southwestern reaches of the St. Louis suburbs during the week. Two wastewater treatment plants were so damaged by the floodwaters that raw sewage spewed into the river. Hundreds of people were evacuated in the Missouri communities of Pacific, Eureka, Valley Park and Arnold, where many homes took in water. Two-dozen homes in Cape Girardeau also sustained damage from flooding conditions. Catastrophic damage has been a result in several nearby areas. Evacuations were required in the areas most threatened, as conditions were expected to persist, calling for a State of emergency.
In addition, road closures abounded. Traffic was rerouted to allow for sandbagging and pumping, including a 24 mile stretch of Interstate 44. The Mississippi River, which runs beside the Gateway Arch and downtown St. Louis, was also expected to reach nearly 13 feet above flood stage, which would be considered the second-worst flood on record, behind only the devastating 1993 flood. Although a flood wall protects the city, firefighters and emergency road crews worked to pump out water from flooded storm drains behind a 7-foot-high, 1,000-foot-long temporary retaining wall reinforced by gravel and sandbags. Spring River, which was among the waterways to overflow, was also under advisement.
Currently, conditions call for a massive cleanup and the State of emergency has been lifted, interstates are also slowly returning to normal. The St. Louis region is now struggling with the most extensive flooding seen in more than 20 years. Perma-liner Industries is here for you! Call us or go online so we can offer you our best products and services during the aftermath and cleanup period of this devastating flood. 1-866-336-2568/ www.perma-liner.com
The Missouri Section of American Water Works Association (MSAWWA) has established a scholarship fund for qualified students enrolled in an accredited college or university in the State of Missouri. Qualifying curriculum for scholarship applicants will include courses related to civil or environmental engineering or environmental science with emphasis on career fields associated with water supply. Consideration will be made for the application of one or more scholarships per year in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000). The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage enrollment in educational studies related to career fields associated with water supply. Some of the requirements include: The applicant must be enrolled in a two or four year accredited college or university program as previously stated. The applicant must be a citizen of the United States. The application form (furnished) must be completed in full with a two (2) page (or less) typewritten essay, describing the applicant’s field or study, such as a mathematics, science teacher, etc., and a copy of your most recent college transcript.
St. Louis, Perma-liner Industries has some exciting information that must be shared now as time is of the essence! It’s the Section 179 Deduction. This allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves. Still reading this?? Give us a call so we can offer you our very best products and services now. 1-866-336-2568/ www.perma-liner.com.
Section 179 is one of the few incentives included in any of the recent Stimulus Bills that actually helps small businesses.
A septic tank is the most common onsite sewage treatment system in use in Missouri. Nearly 30 percent of all housing units in Missouri use onsite wastewater treatment systems. For at-risk areas, connecting to an adequate public sewer system is generally the best alternative for disposing of domestic sewage from private residences. Where access to a public sewer system is impractical or too expensive, proper siting and design of an onsite sewage system is critical to avoid its premature failure. Misuse of individual sewage systems results not only in water quality problems and nuisance conditions, but also in costly repairs to rehabilitate a failing system. Failing systems include both those that you can see and smell and those that seep effluent, or waste liquids, into groundwater supplies before the soil can properly remove disease-causing pathogens.
A septic tank system consists of three major components: the septic tank, a distribution device and an absorption field. A septic tank is a large, watertight, corrosion-resistant, buried container that receives raw sewage from the plumbing drains of the home. In it, solids are separated out of the raw sewage and are partially digested by anaerobic (oxygen-lacking) bacteria. After primary treatment in the septic tank, the liquid effluent flows through the distribution device, which ensures that equal quantities of effluent go to each pipe in the absorption field. The absorption field is a subsurface leaching area within the soil that receives the liquid effluent from the distribution device and distributes it over a specified area where it is allowed to seep into the soil. The filtering action of the soil, combined with further bacterial action, removes disease organisms and treats the harmful material in the effluent, completing the treatment process so that the water is recycled to the surface or groundwater source.