Municipalities are responsible for maintaining massive amounts of sewer infrastructure, but like any plumbing, these system can spring leaks. These seemingly tiny holes in an otherwise intact system can contribute significant amounts of pollution to natural surface waters as the leaking sewer system water makes its way into storm sewer pipes or culvert outlets discharging into streams and rivers. For this reason Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, or IDDE, programs are an important part of water-based ecosystem restoration projects.
Watershed Consulting has experience leading IDDE projects and knows how to get the job done as efficiently as possible. From our initial desktop GIS survey to our field methods, developed in conjunction with nationally-recognized water quality leaders Center for Watershed Protection, we have the experience, skillset, and background to quickly identify a potentially hazardous discharge and devise a solution to quickly and economically plug the leak. Working with the City of St. Albans, Watershed Consulting surveyed over 100 potential illicit discharge sites and helped the City fix the problem.
Small leaks from sanitary sewer pipes can add up to create large pollution problems. The Illicit Discharge and Detection Elimination study performed by WCA sought to find as many of those leaks as possible to provide an expedient solution to a persistent problem.