This division maintains 60.43 miles of gravity sewer line, ranging in size from 6-14 inches in diameter. This includes the cleaning of gravity lines with inflow / infiltration smoke testing leak detection programs, pressure cleaners, and TV video inspections; digging up and repairing broken lines; and the rehabilitation of existing sewer lines.
Some sewer lines in the city are 79 years. The maintenance of gravity sewer lines also includes the cleaning, repair, and upkeep of over 1,725 manholes.
There are over 28 miles of sewage force mains, ranging in size from 4-16 inches in diameters. Maintenance of the force mains consists of maintaining air release valves that prevent air blockages.
In an effort to prevent damage by other utilities and contractors, the City of New Port Richey participates in the Sunshine State One Call program, the statewide notification center. In response to receiving location requests from Sunshine State One Call, individual utility lines are marked with color codes to prevent damage.
There are currently 64 sanitary lift stations managed by the city. Each station has two pumps and motors, ranging in size from 2.5-60 horsepower. Maintenance of the stations includes mechanical repairs to the pumps and motors, adjustment and repair of the motor control cabinets, removal of pumps, and checking for correct electrical data and the proper operation of the system.
On August 30, 2000, the city lift stations began to be put on our new state of the art supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). This system talks directly to a computer at our home office, giving us advanced notice of any problems and the ability to monitor and operate the lift stations remotely.