A sewage collection system is a network of piping throughout a city that transports raw sewage to a wastewater treatment facility where it is treated and released safely into the environment. The City of Fairfield's collection system consists of over 175 miles of sewer piping with approximately 4,500 manholes. Cleaning of the sewer lines is necessary to maintain a properly functioning collection system. Currently, the City of Fairfield's Collection System's cleaning schedule has the entire system being cleaned once every 5 years. The facility just purchased a new advanced Sewer Cleaning Truck. The GapVax MC2008.0134 is here and is now being used by the department. As part of the City's "attrition plan", the GapVax replaces the department's Vac Con, which has been passed down to Public Works, and will be used to clean storm sewers.
The "GapVax", pictured above, is equipped with a 2,500 PSI tri-plex water system which provides the hose reel (attached on the front of the truck) the proper water pressure needed to clean a sewer line. The hose real which has a cleaning nozzle attached at the end is lowered down a manhole into the sewer flow line. The water is turned on at a high pressure shooting the nozzle up the flow line to the upstream manhole. The pressure is then turned down and the hose/nozzle is brought back slowly cleaning the line and bringing any debris within the line to the downstream manhole. The rear of the truck is equipped with a positive displacement vacuum system and an attached stainless steel storage tank. The high power vacuum line is lowered down the downstream manhole. The vacuum is run in sequence with the front end, sucking out any debris brought back while cleaning. When the storage tank is full, the truck is taken to the Wastewater Treatment Facility and dumped.