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Monday, October 17 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Technical Session. Managing a City's Sewer System in a Sea of Snow

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AUTHORS: Kelsey Quinlan, Stephen Lopez, Jerrard Whitten - Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

ABSTRACT: Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) is a regional planning agency that provides professional planning services to Northeastern Massachusetts. Established as a public, nonprofit organization, MVPC is chartered to promote the orderly development of the 15 cities and towns of the region. During the historic winter of 2014/2015, nearly 10 feet of snow fell in the region which resulted in a catastrophic failure of Newburyport’s vacuum sewer system on Plum Island. To address this problem, MVPC collaborated with Newburyport's Department of Public Services to map the sewer system and created a mobile GIS application to manage each of the system components. Using this application in conjunction with an online viewer, City officials are able to record functional information about the sewer system and alert the public as to its status 24/7. Troubled locations are symbolized with a red line and when the system is restored, the lines revert back to green. The application allows the City to better respond to operational glitches and expedite the process in locating any mechanical failures and the online viewer keeps the residents informed.


Monday October 17, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
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