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Allentown Collection System Evaluation. Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Allentown, PA is under an Administrative Order to remove SSOs induced by inflow and infiltration. A model was developed to create a plan for removal of the SSOs.

The objective of this project was to prepare a Corrective Action Plan for the City to remove SSOs. WR&A developed a model consisting of 1,500,000 linear feet of sewer ranging in size from 8 to 60 inches in diameter. The model was used to run a number of scenarios and potential improvements to arrive at alternatives which would eliminate the SSOs for a 10-year 24-hour storm. Flow equalization basins were tested at various locations to mitigate peak flows within the system. In areas where sewers were over capacity, parallel trunk sewers were recommended to reduce surcharging. The capacity of a pump station within the system was increased to allow additional flow to be removed from the gravity system. Various combinations of these improvements were modeled to determine the effective elimination of SSOs.

Allentown Collection System Evaluation
Project Highlights

Master Planning and Modeling

A hydraulic model (InfoWorks CS) was created using the City’s GIS and calibrated based on existing flow metering data in 169 locations. Existing pumping station operations were modified in the model network to simulate potential for changed conditions.