update, our water dept is getting good with tapping pipe. see the video here…..good job guys!….would come in handy to work on water main leaks from all the stresses of extreme temps, subsidence (near fracking), and maybe they go could to work for the natural gas companies who have lotsa pipes that probably need work for the same types of stressors?
The drill site south of this neighborhood may be having an effect on the sewer and municipal drinking water systems. The lady next door here also had her brick walls and concrete driveway splitting apart…they need to have their tap water tested. I truly wonder how much the heat has taken a toll on the city water mains or is it the fracking nearby? She also mentioned feeling the earth quakes too.
That evening I took even more footage of what has the appearance of citywide symptoms of municipal water/sewer related ailments that could be more than ‘just the heat’…I tend to think it’s the ‘shale play’ -ing with our city services.
Arlington contributed $24,000 toward the Water research Foundation project and of interest relating to this blog subject was….
6. Investigation of Physical Impacts to Utility Infrastructure from Ground Movement due to Hydraulic Fracturing
The two objectives for this project are to
1) gather data on ground movement caused by hydraulic fracturing and any resulting infrastructure damage, and
2) develop recommendations for avoiding future risks.
Hydraulic fracturing requires the injection of large volumes of pressurized fluid deep underground to create fractures in rock. This volume displaces the overlying material (rock and soil) such that the ground surface flexes upward by a small, but measurable, amount. This flexure may potentially cause damage to both underground utility infrastructure (e.g., water tunnels, pipelines, storage tanks) and surface structures (e.g., tanks, water towers, and dams).
There may be existing information on damage to utility infrastructure from other types of ground movement such as subsidence or earthquakes. A preliminary literature review should be performed beforehand to gauge the need for a full scale research project.
Task 1 – Data Collection
Perform literature review on activities that may result in ground motion (e.g., hydraulic fracturing, geothermal development, injection wells, water supply wells that result in subsidence, etc.) and collect information on risk potential.
Survey infrastructure in areas with formations having undergone significant hydraulic fracturing activity (e.g., coalbed methane, shale gas, tight gas sands, etc.).
Collect data on ground motion and flexure in the vicinity of major infrastructure. Document any damage identified by utilities.
Task 2 – Analysis
Compare data from different lengths and depths of hydraulically fractured wells to bracket potential range of ground motion.
Assess varying impacts to different types of infrastructure (e.g. pipe materials, dam construction, etc.) and determine sensitivity to flexure.
Develop guidance to enable utilities to evaluate potential for ground motion from hydraulic fracturing to damage critical infrastructure prior to drilling occurring.”
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As usual, with the blog/evidence database, I show the world how “I tried” by posting the letters that I rarely get responses back from the city on….
From: kim feil <email@example.com>
To: Jay Doegey <Jay.Doegey@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2013 1:14 PM
Subject: Fw: that Overbrook/Amberway water main burst(s)-endangered resident captured on film
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Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:29 PM
Subject: that Overbrook/Amberway water main burst(s)-endangered resident captured on film
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To: ‘kim feil’ <email@example.com>; Darryl Westbrook <Darryl.Westbrook@arlingtontx.gov>; Michael Buettner <Michael.Buettner@arlingtontx.gov>; Terry Benton <Terry.Benton@arlingtontx.gov>; Brad Franklin <Brad.Franklin@arlingtontx.gov>; Bob Lemus <Robert.Lemus@arlingtontx.gov>
Cc: Trey Yelverton <Trey.Yelverton@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Jakeway <Don.Jakeway@arlingtontx.gov>; Stuart Young <Stuart.Young@arlingtontx.gov>; Roger Venables <Roger.Venables@arlingtontx.gov>; “‘firstname.lastname@example.org'” <email@example.com>; Robert Rivera <Robert.Rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; Don Crowson <Don.Crowson@arlingtontx.gov>; Jay W. White <Jay.White@arlingtontx.gov>; Sheri Capehart <Sheri.Capehart@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2013 7:53 AM
Subject: RE: that Overbrook/Amberway water main burst(s)-endangered resident captured on film
Kim: We use an analytical tool similar to the one AWWA has produced to continually evaluate the condition and functionality of our inventory of 1400 miles of water main and 1200 miles of wastewater collection piping as main breaks are identified and repaired. This information and the recommendations from our Water and Wastewater master plans provide the information we use to identify projects for our Annual Capital budget which is presented to City Council each year. The main breaks on Amberway and Overbrook are being investigated due to the number and timing of the failures. This has not been an area with a history of routine failures therefore we are looking beyond the pipe material and age of the piping for a possible cause.