Upgrades to STEP riser lids
In 2021, Consolidated Utility District (CUD) began evaluation of STEP System infrastructure at homes throughout Rutherford County. The evaluation focused on the riser lids (green manhole covers) in ratepayers’ yards and determining whether those lids were in need of upgrading.
If your subdivision is selected for these upgrades, the work on your property will take only 1-2 days. Chances are, we will be servicing many homes in your subdivision, and the work in each neighborhood may take up to 30 days. Below is a description of the process …
• The original lid was rated to a 1,500-pound capacity. Over time, the lid could become damaged or fail, which could prevent proper wastewater tank function.
• CUD will not remove the old lid. Instead, we will add risers to the second lid that is currently buried to bring it two inches above grade. All homes that are on STEP systems currently have two lids — one just happens to be buried. The first riser contains the pump for the tank, while the second gives access to the inlet TEE to the tank. The buried lid is the only access point where the tank may be pumped when required.
• Your new, upgraded riser lid is rated to a 5,000-pound load capacity. This will help to prevent wear and tear and damage to the inside of the riser. However, please allow a few extra days for backfilling based on weather conditions and available materials.
• To avoid that issue, CUD opted to install new, upgraded riser lids that are rated to a 5,000-pound load capacity. Given the thousands of homes that rely on STEP Systems, CUD expects this project to run through 2022. This will help to prevent wear and tear and damage to the inside of the riser. Installation brings the lid to two (2) inches above grade.
• CUD is working with a contractor to excavate the hole, install the new riser, and fill the area back to level with sand. Grass will re-grow through the sand. Please allow a few extra days for backfilling based on weather conditions and available materials.
• By adding risers to the second lid, we can ensure easier access to your wastewater line from your house in the event of a stoppage. We respectfully ask that you avoid pouring foods, oils, or grease down your drain as that contributes to wastewater stoppages.