Saraland Water and Sewer Service

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Public Notice
March 14, 2019
Wastewater Lift Station Generators
Saraland Water and Sewer Service

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) intends to provide federal financial assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to the Saraland Water and Sewer Service to install generators at two of its wastewater lift stations (proposed action). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 (Floodplain Management) and FEMA’s implementing regulations at Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 9, FEMA and the Saraland Water and Sewer Service hereby provides interested parties with a notice of its final decision and an explanation of the alternatives that were considered.

There are no existing lift station generators at this location The purpose of the proposed action is to install generators adjacent to the lift station pump housing to provide uninterrupted power during outages. The project areas are depicted on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Numbers 01097C0429, effective date March 17, 2010. The FIRM show that the project area for the Deer Run Lift Station lies within Zone A, an area that has a 1‐percent probability of flooding every year and where predicted flood water elevations have not been established. The Forrest Avenue Lift Station is located in a Zone X (shaded) which means areas of moderate flood hazard, usually the area between the limits of the 100‐year and 500‐year floods.

The proposed action consists of installing the generators on a concrete slab adjacent to the existing lift station. This action conforms to the City of Saraland Floodplain Protection Ordinance. There is no mitigation to be achieved. Maps of the project areas and their locations within the floodplain are available for public inspection. All parties interested in receiving a copy of the map should contact Chad Hennis, Utilities Superintendent (251) 675‐5126 or can inspect the maps at 307 Shelton Beach Road, Saraland, Alabama 36571.

The alternative to completing the project is taking no action. Under the no action alternative, the lift stations and wastewater conveyance system would remain incapable of handling increased flows from storm‐related inflow and infiltration and would remain vulnerable to service disruption in the event of a power outage. The Saraland Water and Sewer Board has determined that the proposed project is the only feasible alternative available; thus, the proposed action must occur in a floodplain. The proposed action would not adversely affect the floodplain and is necessary to preserve life and property. The Saraland Water and Sewer Board is responsible for implementing and monitoring the proposed action and ensuring it conforms to federal floodplain standards.

Additional information about FEMA’s proposed action should contact Chad Hennis, Utilities Superintendent (251) 675‐5126 or emailing saralandwater@bellsouth.net or in writing at 307 Shelton Beach Road, Saraland, Alabama 36571 requests must be received no later than 15 days after publication of this notice. No action will be taken before this time.

Public Notice
February 12, 2019
Wastewater Lift Station Generators
Saraland Water and Sewer Service

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) intends to provide federal financial assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to the Saraland Water and Sewer Service to install generators at two of its wastewater lift stations (proposed action). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 (Floodplain Management) and FEMA’s implementing regulations at Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 9, FEMA and the Saraland Water and Sewer Service hereby provides interested parties with a notice of its final decision and an explanation of the alternatives that were considered.

There are no existing lift station generators at this location The purpose of the proposed action is to install generators adjacent to the lift station pump housing to provide uninterrupted power during outages. The project areas are depicted on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Numbers 01097C0429, effective date March 17, 2010. The FIRM show that the project area for the Deer Run Lift Station lies within Zone A, an area that has a 1‐percent probability of flooding every year and where predicted flood water elevations have not been established. The Forrest Avenue Lift Station is located in a Zone X. The proposed action consists of installing the generators on a concrete slab adjacent to the existing lift station. This action conforms to the City of Saraland Floodplain Protection Ordinance. The project will be mitigated by installing the generator on Deer Run at least 2 feet above the base flood elevation. Further, this project will provide uninterrupted power to a critical facility. Maps of the project areas and their locations within the floodplain are available for public inspection. All parties interested in receiving a copy of the map should contact Nicole Robinson, Office Administrator at (251) 675‐5126 or can inspect the maps at 307 Shelton Beach Road, Saraland, Alabama 36571.

The alternative to completing the project is taking no action. Under the no action alternative, the lift stations and wastewater conveyance system would remain incapable of handling increased flows from storm‐related inflow and infiltration and would remain vulnerable to service disruption in the event of a power outage. The Saraland Water and Sewer Board has determined that the proposed project is the only feasible alternative available; thus, the proposed action must occur in a floodplain. The proposed action would not adversely affect the floodplain and is necessary to preserve life and property. The Saraland Water and Sewer Board is responsible for implementing and monitoring the proposed action and ensuring it conforms to federal floodplain standards.

Additional information about FEMA’s proposed action should contact Nicole Robinson, Office Administrator at (251) 675‐5126 or emailing saralandwater@bellsouth.net or in writing at 307 Shelton Beach Road, Saraland, Alabama 36571 requests must be received no later than 15 days after publication of this notice. No action will be taken before this time.

(published on the City of Saraland’s website)

www.saralandwater.com on February 12, 2019

No comments received the last time a similar notice was published.

SMOKE TEST NOTICE TO RESIDENTS
SARALAND WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM

After the first of the year, Saraland Sewer Department will be Smoke Testing in the following areas: Bethel Forest, Lucille, Autumnwood Drive and surrounding area.

For the next few months, Saraland Water and Sewer System crews will conduct smoke testing studies within your neighborhood as part of an on-going program to detect breaks and defects within the sanitary sewer collection system. Information gained from this study will be used to repair and improve the wastewater collection system.

Smoke testing is a relatively simple process that involves blowing smoke mixed with large volumes of air into the sanitary sewer line, usually through a manhole. The smoke travels the path of least resistance and quickly shows up where breaks and defects exist. Smoke will identify broken manholes, prohibited connections (such as roof drains, sump pumps and yard drains), uncapped lines and cracked mains/laterals. At no time will field crews have to enter your business or residence.

During this testing, gray smoke will exit through vent pipes on the roofs of homes and through the ground/location of sewer line breaks. The smoke that is being used is made specifically for this type application and is therefore, non-toxic, leaves no residue, and creates no fire hazard.

The smoke generated to conduct the tests should not enter your home unless defective plumbing exists or drain traps are dry. Dry drain taps usually exist because of fixtures that are not used routinely, such as spare bathrooms or washing machine drain pans; therefore, if you have seldom-used drains, please run water for a minute or two in all your fixtures to ensure all drain traps are full of water. This procedure will help prevent the possibility of smoke entering your living areas through those drains. Please note that if smoke enters your home, then the potential also exists for dangerous sewer gases to enter your home. Although this is a rare occurrence, we recommend you consult a licensed plumber if smoke enters your home. If smoke enters your home, you should report it immediately to the crews conducting the test in your neighborhood or call the number below. Opening of doors and windows should quickly dissipate any smoke.

We request that you notify any handicapped or shut-in persons in your neighborhood of the smoke testing. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Should you have any additional questions concerning the smoke testing or if you desire special assistance, please phone 251-675-5126.

WORK MAY BE PUSHED BACK DUE TO THE WEATHER