Each year, Old North Utility Services, Inc. is required to provide the customers of Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall an Annual Wastewater Report. This report is required by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and covers the performance period of July 1, 2016 through June 30.
Description of collection system
The Fort Bragg Wastewater Collection System is owned and operated by ONUS and consists of approximately 1,658,303 linear feet of sewer line ranging in diameter of 2 inches to 36 inches and 162 sewer lift stations. All wastewater, averaging 4.8 million gallons per day, is discharged to a lift station owned and operated by Harnett County that delivers the wastewater to the Harnett County South Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.
Collection system inspection
A Collection System Inspection was performed by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality on June 20. ONUS was found to be in compliance with permit WQCS 00029.
Collection system upgrades
ONUS has completed approximately 39,000 LF of sanitary sewer replacement or upgrades over the past year, using Cured-In-Place-Pipe in the South-H, Ardennes-Luzon, Pope 560 and Pope Outfall areas within Fort Bragg. The CIPP method utilizes trenchless technology and significantly minimizes installation excavation and customer disruptions.
ONUS is investing over $9 million in lift station and forcemain upgrades. These improvements started in 2011 and will continue through 2017. Key projects include:
Completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30:
Consolidation of lift stations at Bowley School (3 stations to 1), with the new single consolidated lift station equipped with new electrical systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, pumps, wet wells, forcemain and gravity sewer.
Installation of grinder station and lift station at Range 37, both equipped with new electrical systems, SCADA, pumps, wet wells, forcemain and gravity sewer.
Began between July 1, 2016 and June 30:
Consolidation of lift stations at C-Area (3 stations to 1), with the new single consolidated lift station equipped with new electrical systems, SCADA, pumps, wet wells, forcemain and gravity sewer. Work is expected to be complete in October of 2017.
Sanitary sewer replacement and upgrades in the Corps Support Command and Simmons areas at Fort Bragg, using CIPP technology. Work is expected to continue throughout 2017.
ONUS recognizes that the Cape Fear River basin is a valuable resource to residents of Fort Bragg and the surrounding community. ONUS’s investments since the 2008 acquisition of the sanitary sewer collection system have reduced the number and volume of sanitary sewer overflows significantly from prior years. The projects slated for the 2017 through 2018 and beyond will continue to improve system performance and protect our resources from unauthorized discharges.
System care and maintenance
ONUS is committed to protecting the quality of the basin and the environment. While shop rags, contractor hits and hanging flush valves continue to be primary causes of sanitary sewer overflows in the wastewater collection system, Fort Bragg residents can help ONUS reduce the number of overflows by following these simple steps:
Collect grease, fats, and oils from cooking in a container and dispose of it in the garbage instead of pouring it down the drain.
Place a wastebasket in each bathroom for the disposal of solid waste, disposable diapers, condoms and personal hygiene products. These products DO NOT belong in the sewer system. Never use a toilet as a garbage can.
Place food scraps in the garbage for disposal with your household solid waste instead of disposing of them down the kitchen sink.
Place non-petroleum, oil and lubricant disposable shop rags in the garbage can. Do not put any shop rags into the wastewater collection system. Place POL contaminated shop rags (disposable and non-disposable) in appropriate contaminated containers for proper turn in/disposal and/or cleaning/reuse. Any fuel contaminated rags are classified as hazardous waste by Fort Bragg. Contact 396-2141 for guidance.
Call before digging to avoid damaging nearby utilities.
ONUS has partnered with the Womack Army Medical Center’s Division of Preventive Medicine to provide mandatory training to all commercial food handlers at Fort Bragg. On average, ONUS provides FOG education to approximately 100 people per month.
Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO)
Sanitary sewer overflows occur when wastewater is discharged from the sanitary sewer system to the ground. Any wastewater spill in excess of 1,000 gallons or any amount that reaches surface waters (including through ditches, storm drains etc.) must be reported to the Division of Water Quality and revealed in this report to customers. There are several causes for sanitary sewer overflows, such as excessive rainfall that causes overloading of sewer lines, structural damage, vandalism, grease and electrical failures. ONUS had two SSOs during the 2016 to 2017 compliance period, totaling 7,080 gallons. Refer to the table above for volumes and reasons for each SSO occurrence. ONUS immediately responded to each spill notification and followed proper procedures for clean-up and public notifications.
ONUS has invested monies into replacement and maintenance projects for the collection system at Fort Bragg. While we strive to completely eliminate SSOs, we are proud of our efforts to date. Since assuming operations in 2008, there has been a significant reduction in quantity and volume of spills. It indicates that our efforts are successful, and we look forward to continuing improvements in the years to come.
Regulated entity: Old North Utility Services, Inc.
Collection System Permit Number: WQCS 00029
Official responsible person in charge (ORC): Corey Locklear, P.O. Box 73316, Fort Bragg, NC 28307; 495-1311.