Town of Windermere issued the following announcement on Feb. 12.
Public Works. Working for you!
Let's take a quick look to see how stormwater boxes and inlets are cleaned throughout Town.
In order to keep our stormwater systems flowing, as well as to remain compliant with our required permit through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) – EPA, the Town partners with Enviro Waste Services Group to keep things flowing!
As part of the Town's unique charm, our systems require on-going cleanings and maintenance. This is just a quick glimpse of what goes in to cleaning and inspecting the systems.
As noted by the "before photo" of a filled inlet and culvert, we use a high pressure water cannon to blast through and break up the compacted debris. Once it is broken up into manageable particles, the water, sand, and debris are vacuumed out of the system and into the truck. The water then goes through a decanting pipe located within the truck's large tank and is filtered out, leaving the sand and debris in the truck to be properly disposed of.
After the inlets and culverts are cleaned, a robotic camera on rubber tracks is sent through the stormwater system. The robot records a video which is then inspected for any defects and/or areas that might need proactive or corrective action to be taken.
Maintaining Windermere's roads (both paved and dirt) and stormwater systems is imperative to keeping Windermere safe and accessible for residents and visitors alike, and also helps keep our environment and ecosystem healthy. The next time you see a "suck truck" you'll know what they're doing!
Original source can be found here.
Source: Town of Windermere