Brusly’s town council authorized Mayor Joey Normand to sign a contract with a sewer evaluation company for sewer line inspections after rainwater leakage was found in the town’s sewer lines.
During the March 11 town meeting, the council agreed that after years of not being able to pinpoint the location of rainwater leakage to the Brusly sewer lines, they would hire Compliance EnviroSystems, LLC (CES), a full service professional storm sewer and sanitary sewer evaluation firm, to find and repair the damage, which will, according to Normand, reduce the amount of rainwater that flows into the sewage pond, reducing the amount of strain on the system.
Reducing the amount of strain on the sewage system will, in turn, reduce energy costs due to the processing of sewage.
Normand said that the town’s sewer lines, which are gravity feed lines (meaning sewage flows gravitationally from one station to another until it arrives in the sewage pond), have had issues of “in-leakage” for “at least 10 years,” but town employees have been unable to find the exact location of the leak in that amount of time.
Normand said, however, that employees were able to find the general location of the issue – a lift station, or manhole, near Bourgeois St.
“We’re pretty much certain… some kind of way rainwater is getting into the system and it goes to the Bourgeois St. lift station first and from there it fills up the rest of the system,” he said.
He said that CES has the resources to run cameras through sewage lines and see, from underground, where a leak may be occurring.
“We’ve been trying to find it above ground. We’ve pretty much exhausted ourselves,” he said. “So what CES is going to do is they’re going to come in and take pictures of all the lines in that part of the system. From that, they feel very confident… that they’re going to be able to figure out why and where the water’s coming from that fills up our sewer lines.”
Normand said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon, that finding and fixing the in-leakage will alleviate sewer lines and, in turn, alleviate stress levels of residents in low lying areas in the town.
“In very, very heavy rains we’ve had people in a couple of houses say they can’t flush their toilets. The water level in the sewer system is so high that toilets are at the same level,” he said. “So we’ve had to take extreme measures to bring the levels down just so people wouldn’t get sewage in their house. We don’t want sewage backing up into their house.”
He also said that reducing the sewage levels would, essentially, save the town money in the future.
“It’s cost us money over time to process rainwater. We don’t want to process rainwater, we want to process sewage,” he explained. “It’s watering down the whole system. It’s not as efficient and it’s more costly.”
Normand said that the company began their evaluation Tuesday, March 19, with a smoke test, pumping smoke through closed sewer lines to try to find the leak.
“It’s the right thing, economically, to do,” he said. “But most of all it’s the right thing to do because you just don’t want to have a chance that people have sewage backup in their house. That’s something we can’t let ever happen.”