This recent article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram explains how the cities of Fort Worth and Arlington, TX are combating sewer spills through a combination of public outreach, maintenance policies and advanced monitoring technologies.
Key excerpts include:
“Overflows can have dire consequences for the environment, particularly when the wastewater spills directly into a body of water. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) fines cities for sewer overflows that pollute water bodies, measuring the impact in the amount of gallons spilled and the count of fish killed after the incident.”
“TCEQ has allowed the city to implement projects and install new technology, such as smart covers to wirelessly monitor manholes and water levels, instead of paying penalties.”