CAP Has a Solution for SSO-Related Water Pollution and Consent Decrees

Composite Access Products (CAP) has demonstrated to many municipalities its completely watertight manhole cover assembly. A major Georgia municipality reported that they had never seen such performance in their prior testing.

Fulton County, Georgia, suffered from sewer overflows polluting the Chattahoochee River for over 30 years. In 2020, Roy Barnes, deputy director of public works for Fulton County, installed CAP covers specifically to reduce spillovers.

Before this project, millions of gallons were measured during 2-inch rainfall events. Utilizing CAP assemblies, Fulton measured zero overflow gallons after a 6-inch rainfall event.  

“It was the first time in the history of the county that we had no reported spills,” says Barnes. “Typically, that would’ve resulted in a large sewer spill in that area. But we had zero spills.”

Electricity savings

Fulton also enjoyed a 50% reduction in pump runtimes, translating into lower electric bills, maintenance cost, capital purchases and likely other savings related to plant operating costs, water-boils, and investments into excessive treatment capacities.

Coastlines are reporting overflow issues. A study by Texas Beach Watch found that “55 out of 61 beach locations . . . were shut down for at least one day” for fecal levels. Several dozen U.S. cities have EPA consent decrees for spillovers. Not only can the CAP solution help make our rivers, lakes and beaches safer for aquatic life and our quality of life – it can also save money. 

Composite Access Products was started in 2015 by W. Chad Nunnery, former executive of a large U.S. composites leader. After learning of the desire for advanced composite utility cover solutions made in America, CAP was formed in McAllen, Texas. CAP uses high tonnage compression presses for the best blend of quality and affordability.

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