On the top, lefthand corner of this newsletter's "Home" page, you will find a small icon with the same graphic you see below. By clicking on the icon/image, you will see slides I developed on ideas on potential solutions to sewer discharges during extreme weather events (e.g, vacuum and pumper trucks), as well as decreasing sewage contamination from residential "lateral sewer pipes."
You are perhaps aware of the efforts underway by the Pinellas County Sewage Taskforce, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Pinellas County State Legislative Delegation to help local municipalities, including Gulfport, with potential funds and programs to address current and future sewage discharges. I have attended the briefings, each of which is looking for each city to submit proposals, ideas, and requests they can consider funding.
These are just my ideas...still need greater discussion, community input, etc.
Lateral pipes replacement -- could be in the form of rebates (or one of many other ways residents can get assistance). DEP estimates that old laterals (connection from homes to city linear pipes) are just as old as the city pipes, with just as much deterioation, leaking and inflow/infiltration.
Vacuum/Pumper Trucks -- can and should be used proactively at sites in danger of discharging during extreme weather events.