What Have You Done For Me Lately?
Since introducing Frisco to our unwanted neighbors, the Fatbergs, we’ve heard from quite a few residents, and it’s that old time-honored refrain; what have you done for me lately? We are so glad you asked!
Frisco’s wastewater collection system currently consists of over 662 miles of gravity fed sewers, 10,000 manholes, 20 miles of forces mains, 15 sewer lift stations, and it’s growing every day. This is a lot to keep track of. The good news is that Frisco is ahead of the curve with regards to tracking, planning, and implementation, and we’ve been paying close attention to our sewers for quite a while.
Frisco just completed year nine of a voluntary SSO prevention initiative with the TCEQ. The City is also involved in a 10 year smoke testing program. Smoke testing locates any possible leaks, breaks, or defects in the sewer system itself (check out this quick, informative video!). All of this on top of our normal system-wide monitoring of flow and pressure through SCADA.
But all of that wasn’t good enough for our residents, we took Frisco’s vision of being a city of excellence through continuous improvement to another level entirely by implementing a new program known as CMOM – Capacity, Management, Operations, & Maintenance. This comprehensive program is designed to prevent sewer blockages through better maintenance and operation. In Frisco that means optimizing system performance while keeping costs low.
And we’re not alone, in adopting a CMOM plan, Frisco is part of a region wide effort to keep our sewer systems intact and protect the environment & our drinking water.
As a result of the City’s efforts, Frisco experienced fewer than one SSO per 100 miles of pipeline this year! But we believe we can do better, Frisco. And for that we need your help! Avoid pouring FOG (fats, oils, and grease) down the drain where they can create fatbergs, and don’t flush anything down the toilet except for human waste and toilet paper.
Thank you, Frisco, for being waterwise and partnering with us to protect our infrastructure, the environment, and our drinking water!