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THE PROS OF A
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FROM THE EDITOR

Proactive maintenance and a progressive approach


drive the best operations

e talk a lot about the virtues of being proactive and progressive


in MSW. If youre stuck in the rut of reactionary response, your
utility is doomed to jumping from one emergency repair to the
next without ever getting ahead.
Perhaps no utility exemplifies the proactive and progressive approach
better than the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, profiled in this issue.
Albuquerque is bucking all trends. The community in a very dry climate to begin with has been ensconced in drought for years. It has also
grown significantly, creating greater demand for scant resources. But the
utility isnt standing by idly, hoping for rain. They began addressing the
problem decades ago, and the results are evident.
Since 2008, aquifer levels have risen as much as 50 feet in some areas.
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tribution system maintenance and pipe replacement.
ABCWUA is currently delivering the same volume of water it did in 1985,
but its serving an additional 250,000 people. Models predict the aquifer
will continue rising for at least another 20 years, despite projected growth
of the Albuquerque metro and suburban population.
Next month, well take a look at Brownsburg, Indiana, where the wastewater department has been tremendously proactive with education and outreach. Part of the departments strategic plan is engaging the public and
educating them about their sewer system. When people know whats happening in the labyrinth of pipes and pump stations that whisk away their
waste, they begin to understand what they can do to avoid problems and
help the system function more efficiently.
Overall, the utility has identified its challenges and is attacking them.
Beyond the outreach work, Brownsburg has purchased new equipment to
complete more preventive maintenance on both sanitary and storm infrastructures. The utility has built a strong grease program, its lining pipes,
and is aggressively pursuing separation of sanitary sewers and stormwater
lines to minimize the number and volume of combined sewer overflows.
For municipal water and wastewater system operators, some ruts are
easy to fall into. So many utilities march under orders to make the most
urgently necessary repairs wait until it breaks and then repair it as inexpensively as possible. Too many utilities are forced to function this way. The
result, as youre all well aware, is a utility that continues to throw money at
emergency repairs rather than realize the long-term savings and other benefits of proactive maintenance and improvements.
Brownsburg has escaped this paradigm, and Albuquerque never allowed
itself to be sucked into it. Theyre both doing quite well and provide great
examples of how a proactive and progressive approach can pay big dividends for your own utility.
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Albuquerque Water Authority leak detection


coordinator Allen Maestas (left) checks the
water system grid on a laptop while he and
technician Zack Layne prepare for a leak
inspection. (Photography by Roberto Rosales)

AN OASIS
in the SOUTHWEST
In drought-stricken New Mexico, Albuquerques aquifer levels are rising
while customer demand is dropping
By Dan Heim

ainfall patterns are changing around the


globe. The southwestern U.S. has suffered
from an extended drought, on and off, for
decades. In 2011, parts of this region experienced
conditions approaching those of the 1930s Dust
Bowl. Water levels were dropping in many lakes,
reservoirs and aquifers. But in Albuquerque, the
situation was already well under control.
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water
Utility Authority (ABCWUA) is a state-level
regional organization tasked with providing water
to the City of Albuquerque. They confronted the
water supply problem head-on in the early 1990s,
and since 2008, aquifer levels have risen as much
as 50 feet in some areas. How they accomplished
this, despite the drought, is a lesson in creative
problem-solving, innovation and conservation.
ABCWUA is currently delivering the same vol-

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ume of water they did in 1985, but theyre serving an additional 250,000 people. And their models
predict the aquifer will continue rising for at least
another 20 years, despite projected growth of the
Albuquerque metro and suburban population.
Long-range planning began back in the 60s,
notes Katherine Yuhas, water conservation officer
for ABCWUA. Thats when we decided to tap into
our Colorado River Basin entitlement and started
building a pipeline to the San Juan River.

Groundwater woes
The Middle Rio Grande Aquifer has been
Albuquerques primary source of potable water
since settlements were first established in the early
18th century. The aquifer was originally thought
to be virtually limitless, but problems began to
appear in the 1960s.

Early assumptions were that any water


pumped from the aquifer would be recharged
by the river, Yuhas explains. It turns out that
wasnt quite correct.
Theres definitely a connection, but the transfer of water from the river to the aquifer wasnt
nearly as fast as we thought. Theres a significant
latency, and thats when we realized we needed
to look at other sourcing options.
The Rio Grande River runs through the area,
but its flow varies greatly from year to year. Sometimes its reduced to a mere trickle, and only some
of that flow can be used since Texas also holds
Rio Grande water rights. By the time the river
crosses the Mexican border, if at all, it can hardly
be called grand.
The Upper Colorado River Basin Compact
of 1948 specifies allotments for all the surround(continued)

Allen Maestas (left) and


Zack Layne set up their
acoustic listening
equipment to check for
leaks in Albuquerques
water system.

omit the previously obligatory glass of water for


patrons, unless specifically asked for. Here again,
compliance has been exceptional. If there is a
complaint filed, I call the manager in an attempt
to fix that problem, Yuhas says.
ABCWUA will also send field techs to provide
free assessments of home water use and conduct
leak checks at no cost. They use acoustic leak
detection equipment and have enjoyed a high
success rate, uncovering everything from faulty
toilet valves to underground pipe breaks.

Rebate program

ing states. New Mexicos entitlement is 11.25 percent. That equates to 0.84 million acre-feet
annually. Of course, the total flow from the basin
has been dropping during this extended drought,
but New Mexico has continued to extract their
fair share. That water was not easy to tap, however, since its west of the Continental Divide and
almost 200 miles from Albuquerque.

First efforts
The earliest effort focused on tapping that
share of the Colorado River allotment. In the
1960s, a pipeline from the San Juan River was
built for this purpose. Albuquerque city leaders
contracted for 48,200 acre-feet annually. This
water had to be moved over the Continental
Divide, requiring diversion points in the San Juan
drainage basin, 26 miles of tunnels, four inline
reservoirs and a pumping station.
Ultimately, that water is delivered directly into
the Rio Grande. From there it flows to the Albuquerque water uptake station. Originally, that
water was used for non-potable applications like
agriculture, endangered species flows and compensation for groundwater pumping. Dissolved
and suspended particulates were extremely high,
as is typical for rivers in the Southwest.
That resulted in less demand on the aquifer, but Albuquerque was still in a growth boom,
so we knew we needed to do more, Yuhas says.
Studies in the 1980s showed that continued
pumping from the aquifer would result in land
subsidence, so we started pushing for water conservation, and for extraction of potable water from
the river.
Planning for extracting that water began in
the mid-1990s. Water conservation efforts had
already halted the drop in aquifer levels, but the
rise in aquifer levels began in 2008 when the San
Juan Chama Drinking Water Project came online.
A $160 million advanced treatment plant was built
to process hard water from the Rio Grande into a
potable state. It has been averaging 58 mgd, with
a capacity of 80 mgd (see sidebar).

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Output is delivered directly into the distribution system and currently supplies close to 90 percent of the citys demand. Since 2008, groundwater
pumping has decreased and aquifer levels continue to rise.

Educational outreach
ABCWUA also began an outreach program to
educate citizens about the need to conserve water.
Programs for schools, HOAs, developers and individual homeowners are all part of the mix.
Many of our current customers were in grade
four when they took our water conservation classes.
So they grew up knowing what they need to do in
terms of reducing waste, Yuhas says. Compliance
has, in general, been exceptional.
The usual billboards, media spots and leaflets with water bills are in regular use. Beyond
that, classes for grade schools, including field trips,
are provided at no cost. The students love the
experience and take home some good lessons.
Teachers have access to a wealth of educational
materials on the ABCWUA website, which has
been an effective resource.
ABCWUA also hires students from the University of New Mexico, located in Albuquerque,
as seasonal workers. UNM has degree programs
in several water-related professions, and students
can get hands-on training at ABCWUA facilities.
Like most water utilities, the need for new recruits
is paramount as older staff retires.
Classes for homeowners are also offered, with
credits on their water bills awarded for successful completion. Courses in xeriscaping, mulching, in-home conservation, fruit and vegetable
gardening, and rainwater recycling are popular
and well attended.
Data shows that customers who attend the
water conservation classes reduce their water use
by an average of 18 percent. This has been a significant factor in ABCWUAs success with their
water conservation efforts.
Restaurant managers have a lesson to learn
as well. A city ordinance now requires waiters to

ABCWUA runs a rebate program that also


reaps huge benefits for customers and for the
authority. Built into the ABCWUA budget, this
program awards on average $1 million each year
to qualifying applicants. Rebates are available for:
Replacement of lawns with xeriscaping
Low-flow showerheads
Low water-use appliances (washers and
toilets)
Application of mulch to reduce evaporation
Rainwater catchment systems
Tree care to reduce water use for irrigation
and
provide
shade
(tree-bates)
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PROFILE:
Albuquerque Bernalillo
County (New Mexico)
Water Utility Authority
SERVICE AREA:

250 square miles


CUSTOMERS:

653,000 (180,049 residential,


11,949 commercial, 116 industrial,
2,116 institutional, 6,911 multi-family)
POPULATION DENSITY:

2,904 per square mile


INFRASTRUCTURE:

92 miles of (up to) 62-inch-diameter pipe;


3,000 miles of smaller-diameter
distribution lines
ANNUAL BUDGET:

$3 million, $1.2 million of which is


for rebate programs
EMPLOYEES:

650

AVERAGE RAINFALL:

8 inches per year


SOIL TYPE:

Highly varied: sandy on west side, clay


and loam on east; Water table: 2 feet
near the river, 500 feet in the foothills
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THE SAN JUAN CHAMA


DRINKING WATER PROJECT
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
(ABCWUA) has been delivering water from the Colorado River
Drainage Basin to the Rio Grande Basin since the early 1970s. Water
from the Rio Grande was processed with simple filtering and delivered
to the system as non-potable for commercial and farming applications.
Potable water had been drawn from the Middle Rio Grande Aquifer
since the city was established in the early 18th century. This convenient
arrangement was disrupted in the 1990s when ABCWUA realized the
aquifer wasnt as limitless as they had previously assumed. The aquifer
level was falling as a result of demand exceeding recharge by a factor of
two. And there were real concerns about land subsidence.
Thats when we decided we needed to look for other sources of
potable water, says Katherine Yuhas, water conservation officer for
ABCWUA. The most direct solution was an advanced water treatment
plant that could handle the raw water delivered from the Rio Grande.
That decision was the genesis of the San Juan Chama Drinking
Water Project, which ran from 2004 to 2008. The $400 million project
was funded by a series of seven dedicated rate increases over a period
of several years.
The biggest chunk of money $160 million was spent on a new
advanced water treatment plant, capable of processing the hard water of
the Rio Grande into potable water. Capacity is 80 mgd, and it has been
averaging about 72 percent of that since 2008 when it first went online.
An additional $240 million went toward other infrastructure, including:
A raw water pumping station on the Rio Grande, built to
resemble a typical Spanish mission church and blend in
aesthetically.
An adjustable diversion dam and intake structure, with fish
screens and passages installed to reduce the environmental impact
on local species, one of which (the Rio Grande silvery minnow) is
on the endangered list.
Eight miles of pipe to connect the pumping station to the
treatment plant.
Thirty-eight miles of distribution pipelines, some running under
the Rio Grande.
Output feeds directly into the Albuquerque distribution lines. In
2009, it delivered 7 billion gallons, about 21 percent of total consumption.
Currently, it provides close to 90 percent of demand. Further, this water
contains virtually no arsenic, unlike water from the aquifer. By blending
that water with groundwater still being pumped, the new federal
guidelines on arsenic content have been met well ahead of schedule.
Given the highly variable flow of the Rio Grande, output occasionally exceeds demand. In that happy scenario, excess output is diverted
to a deep well to help recharge the aquifer. Aquifer levels have been
rising, and that is expected to continue for at least another 20 years
based on models for population growth.
Less water is being pumped from the aquifer, but the bulk of the
recharge comes from snow melt in the mountains to the north. Yuhas
notes that with the reduction in demand from our water conservation
program, we can now think of the aquifer as a bank account that we
can tap, should the drought continue or worsen.

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Allen Maestas (left) watches as Zack Layne inserts an acoustic listening


device into a valve box to check for leaks in the water main.

Evaporative cooler thermostats


Hot-water recirculation systems (so the wait for hot water is shorter)
Pretty much anything you could think of that saves water will be covered
under our rebate program, says Yuhas. Rebate amounts vary by category,
but whatever the customer installs, they will be rewarded based on the amount
of water saved.
The xeriscaping program has been particularly successful. Since implementation, it has eliminated 8,465 grass lawns and a total area of 11,263,000
square feet of otherwise water-hungry foliage. Of note, 38 percent of delivered
potable water is still used for the irrigation of lawns and landscaping foliage.
Some of the most significant gains have been seen on commercial properties, where landscaping choices have a greater impact. For new construction, turf is limited to no more than 30 percent of the total development.
The use of mulch on commercial developments is also heavily promoted
as a means to reduce landscape water evaporation. ABCWUA provides that
mulch at a reasonable cost. Its a mixture of 50 percent animal stable bedding (mostly straw), 30 percent biosolids from their wastewater treatment
plant, and 20 percent shredded green waste.
Cost for this mulch is $25/ton ($10/cubic yard). Customers can pick it
up at their Compost del Rio Grande facility, where staff will load their trailer
or truck for no extra charge.

Violations and penalties


Although compliance with water restrictions and usage guidelines has
been good, ABCWUA receives an average of 1,000 citizen water-waste complaints each year. These are usually minor items, like sprinkler systems activating at incorrect times and water flowing from a customer property into
a public right of way. The process for submitting complaints is simple and
can be done online anonymously.
Complaints are handled with a visual inspection, if needed, but are followed up with a series of notifications and penalties for noncompliance.
The protocol is:
Two warning notices sent by mail
First noncompliance penalty is $20
Subsequent penalties escalate to $50/$100/$2,000
Service termination
It rarely goes beyond the $20 penalty, Yuhas says. Thats almost
always the wake-up call that triggers compliance. We have assessed some
$2,000 penalties, but those are usually on commercial operations or apartment complexes.
A new program called Water by the Numbers limits water use based
on the day of the week and season. Compliance is voluntary, and it encourages customers to ramp up their watering slowly during spring and back
down again in the fall.

of the rest of the distribution system. The current


schedule inspects 87 percent of the smaller-diameter distribution lines every three years.
As in most jurisdictions, developers must foot
the cost for water infrastructure in their subdivisions. The usual permitting, approval and inspection process is handled by the City of Albuquerque.
ABCWUA works with the city, consulting as needed.

Education is key
Albuquerques average per-capita water use has
dropped from 250 gpd in 1995 to 134 in 2014,

largely due to the authoritys successful conservation efforts. Total production has also dropped
from 40 to 32 billion gallons over that same period.
Yuhas says there are many contributing factors in the success, not the least of which are public and government support.
The key factor, in my opinion, has been educating the citizens about how to respond to the
drought. Telling them they have to do something
is one thing, but having them know why it has to
be done is the key. And I think weve done that
quite well. F

Zack Layne listens for leaks in a water main


along Altura Park in a residential area of
Albuquerque.

During severe drought conditions, their


drought management program kicks in. At that
point Water by the Numbers does indeed
become mandatory. Also, commercial operations
face additional restrictions on water use proportional to their demand.

Distribution details
The water distribution system has some old
pipes. A quarter of them are over 50 years old.
Made of steel, many of them are rusted and have
been leaking precious water. The system has some
92 miles of these pipes, 34 percent of which have
been categorized as high risk. As of fiscal 2015,
15 miles of these pipes have been replaced with
PVC. Work orders related to failing pipes have
already decreased by 25 percent.
ABCWUA is on a continued maintenance
schedule, replacing those old pipes at a rate of 2
miles per year. At that rate, however, the entire
system wouldnt be upgraded until 2054.
Were expecting to ramp up that replacement schedule, says Anthony Montoya, chief engineer for the ABCWUA Water Resources, Planning
& Engineering Division. With upcoming rate
increases dedicated to old pipe replacement, we
expect to finish that work much sooner.
Those old pipes are being fitted with advanced
metering infrastructure monitors at key locations
to detect leaks. Monitors are also used on commercial operations, providing real-time data on
water use and helping diagnose problems.
In addition, field technicians are using mobile
leak-detection equipment to do regular inspections
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Spotlight

MAINLINE
INSPECTION
IN A
COMPACT
PACKAGE
IRIS robotic crawler camera
provides versatile solution for
inspecting a range of pipe sizes
By Craig Mandli
Peter Chandler, left, manufacturing manager for Insight Vision Cameras, explains the
features of the IRIS mainline crawler to an attendee at WWETT 2015. The inspection system
offers compatibility with smart devices. (Photo by Craig Mandli)

hen municipalities perform their own pipe inspections, equipment that provides ease-of-use and versatility is the name of
the game. Thats the message Insight Vision Cameras is sending out with the introduction of the IRIS (integrated remote inspection
system) mainline crawler camera. The unit was featured at Insight Visions
booth at the 2015 Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show.
This is a system that was designed for budget-challenged municipalities, municipal contractors and larger plumbing operations, says Bob Masse,
Insight Visions sales manager. Its a system that has many different uses
and functions and can take the place of several camera systems.
The IRIS Windows app-operated mainline crawler can be used to
inspect pipes from 6 up to 12 inches, and up to 18 inches with a larger
wheel set. The ultra-portable and heavy-duty unit comes with 1,000 feet
of advanced tether cable, pan-and-tilt capability and a 10-inch LCD
touch screen. The system includes a six-wheel-drive transporter and uses
four powerful LED lights to illuminate a large area. Video will display
on the reel unit as well as to an external monitor via HDMI or a dedicated Wi-Fi-enabled Windows tablet, allowing easy file management and
post-software reporting.
This system allows a technician to stream the inspection feed directly
to the touch screen in real time, or to a customers laptop, PC or tablet via the HDMI hookup, says Masse. In essence, the system itself
serves as a computer. We believe that keeping the customer in the loop
from the beginning is very important.
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The six-wheeled crawler has various wheel size packages available. Its
high-grip rubber wheels allow it to traverse demanding conditions and
terrain. It has an automatic freewheel clutch for simple usage, and a
manual lift comes standard. The motorized drum holds the multi-conductor flexible video cable and can operate automatically when in rewind
mode, allowing the cable to be rewound at the same speed as the crawler
to avoid running over the cable. The motorized drum is built with a
telescopic handle and wheels for easy portability.
We designed the IRIS to be easily portable and able to be operated
by a two-man crew, says Masse. It is the culmination of everything our
customers say they want in a portable mainline inspection system.
Masse says the company decided to roll out its marketing campaign
on the IRIS at the WWETT Show mainly to get feedback from what he
called his companys core audience.
The attendees at WWETT are definitely the people were marketing this system to, so this was the perfect opportunity to get it out there
and talk about it, he says. The people I talked with were excited about
the portability of the system and the price point. We wanted to get people talking, and we certainly accomplished that.
Masse says the company has taken the feedback received at WWETT
and will use it to upgrade its product line for next year. We want to
increase the functionality of the app and how it integrates smart technology into the system, he says. We are planning some subtle changes
to the crawler on the unit, too, that will make it more user-friendly. We
plan on rolling those changes out at the 2016 show. Were looking forward to it. 800/488-8177; www.insightvisioncameras.com. F

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FOCUS: SPECIAL FEATURE

BALANCING
FLOOD PROTECTION
& PERSONAL SAFETY
A new effort is underway to develop guidelines to help communities make stormwater systems safer
By Doug Day

In September 2014, several vehicles were washed into the Pico Norte Stormwater Retention
Pond in El Paso, Texas, during a large flash flood. The launch of the citys stormwater safety
campaign was held at that location to show that the streets leading to some infrastructure
are used to help convey the stormwater. (Photography by El Paso Water Utilities)

n September 2014, several vehicles were swept


into a retention pond when they got caught
in a flash flood in El Paso, Texas. The drivers,
who all escaped unharmed, were in the wrong place
at the wrong time. The street is designed as a channel to guide flash flood water to the retention pond
to protect lives and property downstream.

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In DeSoto, Texas, in May 2015, a 14-year-old


boy and his dog died in a storm drain after heavy
rains. The same day in Oklahoma, a firefighter
leading a flash flood rescue drowned when he
stepped in front of a submerged culvert and was
pulled into a drainpipe. Another man trying to
rescue him was swept all the way through the 200-

yard pipe but survived. In 2013 in Oklahoma City,


nine Guatemalan immigrants were killed in one
storm, including four children and an adult from
one family caught by a surge of water that swept
them into a stormwater tunnel.
While most of the country is dealing with EPA
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I realized that really what this nation is lacking is a national safety


guidance document to help communities decide whether to put a
safety grate on an inlet. Historically, local governments have been
on their own to design what they think might work.
Ken MacKenzie
water bodies, stormwater has been an important
issue in the Southwest for years. Due to unique
weather patterns and an arid climate with soil that
doesnt readily absorb rainfall, heavy rains can
quickly cause deadly and damaging flash floods.
El Paso is both arid and has the Franklin
Mountains running through the center of the
city. The water that comes down from the mountain slopes becomes very energized with a lot of
velocity and momentum, says El Paso Stormwater Engineering Manager Gonzalo Cedillos. You
could be in a park and it might be raining up on
the mountain. Fifteen minutes later you have this
flood of water coming at you.
Cedillos says the city has installed a fence to
prevent cars from being swept into the retention
pond where the 2014 incident happened. But
the community has more than 360 stormwater
ponds along with nearly 40 dams and basins, about
20 pump stations, around 6,000 drop inlets, more
than 145 miles of storm drain conduits, 74 miles
of stormwater channels, and 43 miles of agricul-

The expansion of an existing stormwater


retention pond in central El Paso will help
alleviate flooding on the IH-10 freeway
and nearby neighborhoods. A 72-inch pipe
connects the existing stormwater pond to
a new pond, with a combined capacity of
117 million gallons.

tural drains.

Seeking safer solutions


We, the engineers of America, have the smartest people in the country available to work on
this, says Ken MacKenzie, the master planning
program manager for the Urban Drainage and
Flood Control District in Denver and the Stormwater Committee chair for the National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies
(NAFSMA).
His community also lost a firefighter in 2000
when he was sucked into a drainage pipe during
a swift-water rescue. That pipe should have had
a safety grate. It would have saved his life. You
hear a lot that we dont want to put a grate over
an inlet because it might cause flooding. When
we put our heads together, we can come up with
a standard design for inlet grates that will minimize clogging and will save lives.
MacKenzie thinks safety grates could prevent
some flash flood deaths that occur every year. I

realized that really what this nation is lacking is a


national safety guidance document to help communities decide whether to put a safety grate on
an inlet. Historically, local governments have been
on their own to design what they think might work.
The issue is, of course, that grates can collect
debris and make flooding worse. If a grate is too
small, it can increase danger to people because
they could be pinned to the grate and drown.
Do we put on a safety grate and maybe save a
life, or do we leave it off and save a neighborhood? It is possible to engineer a safety grate that
will minimize clogging and maximize safety.

Effort underway
MacKenzie has formed a group to look at
such engineering guidelines. It includes representatives of the Environment and Water
Resources Institute of the American Society of
Civil Engineers, and the American Public Works
Association. There are some basic criteria to
help, he says.
His Urban Drainage and Flood Control District in Denver covers grates in its storm drainage criteria manual. It says a safety grate may not
be needed only if:
You can see daylight from one end of the
culvert to the other;
(continued)

The culvert is 42 inches or larger in height;


and
Conditions in the culvert (bends, obstructions, vertical drops) or at the outlet are not
likely to trap or injure a person.
It adds that inlets dont typically require grates
if stormwater wont be more than 12 inches deep.
The second goal of the ad hoc group is to
create a national public safety awareness campaign such as the National Weather Services Turn
Around Dont Drown program. MacKenzie hopes
to build upon efforts of Mark and Lisa Blake of
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Their son, Logan, died in
2014 when he was swept into a drainpipe.
The Blakes have formed Project Storm Drain
Safety (www.projectstormdrainsafety.org). Our
group is committed to helping Mark and Lisa,
and moving their mission forward, MacKenzie
says. He has pledged $100,000 in matching funds
for any branch of the federal government that
will sponsor the national guidance document and
a national public safety awareness campaign.
Several agencies have been approached but nothing formal has been arranged.

Safety and flood prevention


El Paso has been improving its stormwater
infrastructure since citywide flooding struck in

Three 500 hp pumps at the Magnolia Pump Station will help alleviate flooding along Interstate
Highway 10 in central El Paso.

CHALLENGES OF EDUCATING
PEOPLE ABOUT FLASH FLOODING
While the stormwater utility in El Paso, Texas, has become more
widely accepted as people learn about how it protects the community
from flash flooding, there are still those who dont fully understand the
details of how the protections work.
We still have challenges of the community not understanding that
some streets function as a channel to carry water, says Christina
Montoya, the communications manager for El Paso Water Utilities.
Were trying to educate them that that is the way it was designed.
Since flash flooding is a rare event, only once or twice a year in El
Paso, its more difficult to get people to realize how all the infrastructure works and what they can do to stay safe. So the community began
using the Turn Around Dont Drown educational campaign from the
National Weather Service in July 2015 to help increase knowledge of
the general public.
EPWU partnered with the El Paso County Water Improvement
District, which manages many irrigation channels in the region, and the
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providing funding, they were able to do a larger advertising and


promotional campaign.
It included print and digital billboards across the city. They not only
featured Turn Around Dont Drown, but other taglines and photos,
says Montoya. One said, Storm drains can be deadly, with a picture of
a man being rescued. Another said, Flash floods can kill in a flash, that
featured a photo of an SUV trapped in flood water. There was also a
30-second public service announcement in English and Spanish that ran
on radio and was posted on YouTube.
The effort began with a kickoff news conference at the location
where several vehicles were swept into a stormwater retention pond
after being caught in floodwater. All the media turned out for the news
conference and did stories, says Montoya. It was followed by live
appearances on various radio and TV programs.
We also work with the media and TV meteorologists and ask them
to give reminders when a storm is coming in, adds Montoya. Social
media is used prior to storms reminding people about Turn Around
Dont Drown and providing other safety tips. The media is very
cooperative and continues to use a lot of our information. If you look at
last year compared to this year, the presence of the message is
definitely amplified.

help accomplish more of the projects on the master plan, but its still only about $4 a month for
an average homeowner. For nonresidential property, the rate is $3.27 per 2,000 square feet of
impervious area.
The city now does more to prepare for flooding and has even contracted with a meteorologist to help predict storm patterns as weather
systems form over the oceans. As work continues,

2006 when the city received a years worth of rain,


about 8 inches, in two days. Flooding caused more
than $200 million in damage to homes and businesses and another $115 million in damage to
the stormwater system.
A stormwater utility was formed in 2008 to help
fund improvements based on a master plan developed by El Paso Water Utilities and a citizen advisory committee. Year after year, to keep taxes down,
maintenance was deferred, Cedillos says. Then
we were given a dedicated fee so we had money
and resources to go out there, clean it up, and put
it back to its intended function.
Then the real work began a list of 100 large
projects and another 200 smaller projects to
reduce flooding. The original $650 million price
tag has grown to about $800 million.
With phase one almost complete, the flood
risk has been reduced by about 50 percent with
more ponds, expanded street inlets, expanded
water reservoirs, additional storm drains, the lining of earthen channels, and by enlarging culverts and road underpasses. Weve been ticking
off the to-do list for the seven years Ive been
here, and I probably wont see the end of the
list, Cedillos says. When we started, we were in
a reactive mode. Over the last seven years weve
stepped into the proactive mode.
The monthly fee was increased last year to

Cedillos wonders what future weather will mean


to the plan: Last September, the city received 6
inches of rain in one day, while 4 inches rates as
its 100-year storm. Weve been getting a very awkward change in intensity of rain, he says. Ive
been with the city for 37 years and never heard
of a 6-inch rain; thats a 500-year storm. Is that
the new 100-year storm? F

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THE HUMAN SIDE

THINK OUTSIDE
THE SILO
Maximize communication and innovation by breaking down barriers that
restrict employees ability to share ideas and spot opportunities for growth
By Ken Wysocky

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nized stemmed from nothing but good intentions. We all want to orgaf bees stayed in their hives every day, the miracle of cross-pollination
nize and make things effective and efficient, Tett points out. Without
which creates the bounty of fruits and vegetables that we eat daily
order, you drown in chaos. But the tragedy of silos is they arise from this
would not occur. Which begs a question: Do your employees
sensible, reasonable impulse. If we become too rigid and accept them
engage in corporate cross-pollination at work? Or, to use another agriunthinkingly, we get mastered by them.
cultural metaphor, do they remain comfortably ensconced in their silos
every day, never venturing out into other departments to fertilize the
Missed opportunities arent the only victims of silo-think. Many comworkplace with ideas and innovations?
panies also miss potential risks as well liabilities that occur because
the proverbial head doesnt know what the hands and feet are doing.
Odds are that they do more of the latter and very little of the former.
Witness the breathtaking financial losses billions of dollars that
And the result, while it may not be visible to the naked eye, is a kind of
occurred in 2008 at Swiss banking giant UBS AG, where company offiorganizational sclerosis that stifles innovation, if not growth. After observcials didnt realize the extent of different divisions investments in subing this problem for years, journalist Gillian Tett, the managing editor
prime mortgage securities, she notes.
of the American edition of the Financial Times, has written a book about
it called, The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking
So what can be done to kick-start the silo-destruction process? For
Down Barriers.
starters, consider the old adage that says the first step toward solving a
problem is recognizing you have one. I know it sounds incredibly obviWe need to think about our assumptions and recognize that if we
ous, but its amazing how few companies actually do it, Tett says.
dont stop to think about how we organize ourselves, we will be beset by
tunnel vision, Tett says, explaining the premise for her book. Modern
Next, take steps to ensure that the departmental boundaries used to
corporations tend to have very strict
organize your company are fluid. As
We need to think about our assumptions and
ideas about how departments should
an example, Tett cites Facebook,
be organized and separated from one
recognize that if we dont stop to think about how we
which has devised cross-departmenanother. And in the end, this creates
organize ourselves, we will be beset by tunnel vision. tal policies in an effort to become
tunnel vision that blinds us to opporthe anti-Sony, as Tett puts it. They
Gillian Tett
tunities and to risks.
rotate people periodically so they
work on different teams, which stops them from establishing only inAs an example, Tett cites Sony and Apple. The latter created the
looking boundaries.
iPod, arguably one of the most transformative consumer products of the
modern era. Sony did not even though it had all the resources to do
Facebook and other progressive companies also utilize architecture/
so. Sony dominated the world of consumer electronics in the 1970s and
building layouts to force employees to walk around and bump into col80s and created the Walkman, which defined an entire product cateleagues from other departments. Theyve also introduced a rule that
gory. They had everything in place: incredible brand recognition, amazemployees cant call anyone on another team anything but their Chrising computer power and a music label. So the question we need to ask
tian name, she adds. That keeps the focus on whole, real people, rather
is this: Why on Earth did Sony not create the iPod?
than one-dimensional stereotypes, which leads to the creation of tribes.
Actually, Sony did create an iPod-like device three of them. And
The noted Cleveland Clinic tore down its figurative silos by reorgatherein lies the problem; the trio of digital devices cannibalized each
nizing according to customers needs, as opposed to a doctor-driven
others sales, creating a vacuum that Apple later exploited. How could
hierarchy. In simplest terms, it organized the hospital in a way that would
this happen? Sony was very siloed, Tett asserts. The software, hardmake sense to its patients, creating departments based on body parts
ware and content (music) departments were so deeply inbred in the
(brain and heart, for instance), rather than on disciplines such as neucompany that they ended up producing several versions of digital Walkrosurgery, Tett points out.
mans instead of one.
They broke down the rigid doctor-driven silos and replaced them
Ironically enough, the reason most companies are similarly orgawith patient-driven silos instead, she explains. Now they have a brain

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institute and a heart institute and so forth. The key point is that in
the brain department, they have neurologists, neurosurgeons and so
forth all sitting together, rather than neurosurgeons in the surgery department and neurologists in the neurology department. As such there are
less interdepartmental transfers, which reduces costs, too.
This kind of organization can be applied to many different fields,
she continues. We all unthinkingly use a classification system, but if we
get locked into it, we tend to get very rigid. And if you start rethinking
it, you can unleash a lot of innovation.
The clinic also minimized the distinctions between doctors and nurses,
which results in a more integrated form of treatment. As organizations
get big and professions get specialized, they tend to become more bureaucratic and fragmented, Tett says.

Whatever your company or group decides to do in order to deconstruct the silo mentality, dont expect smooth sailing. Silo-busting usually
requires trampling on some employees turf, and loss of power will likely
spur certain employees to resist the new initiatives. The reality is that
people in charge of divisions will want to protect their own home turf,
she notes. Benefits that seem very obvious later on arent always obvious
at the time if people are completely bound by their cultural rules.
To combat this, you need to create incentives, lead from the top
and show people how breaking down silos can result in innovation and
creativity, Tett says.
In other words, silo-busting will get that corporate beehive buzzing
and prompt some serious cross-pollination of fertile ideas within
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or call 866-933-2653

Education Day Sessions


Wednesday, February 17, 2016
NAWT

National Association of Wastewater Technicians


Rooms 234-236
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.
1:30 p.m.
3 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

Basics of Septic System Control Panels


Using Septic Control Panels to Troubleshoot Systems
Inspecting Concrete Sewage Tanks
An Exercise in Septic System Troubleshooting
The Basics of Inspecting Drip Systems
NAWT Ask the Experts Panel Discussion

SSCSC

National Association of Sewer Service Companies


Rooms 130-132

8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.

8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.
1:30 p.m.
3 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

11 a.m.
1:30 p.m.
3 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

Positioning Yourself for Promotion and Succession Planning


Step Up Your Game! Taking Current CCTV Inspection
Technology to the Next Level
Trailer Jetting Getting the Most Out of Your Equipment
Vacuuming: the Other Half of the Combination Unit
Sewer System Maintenance Challenges and Solutions
SSCSC Ask the Experts Panel Discussion

SSPMA

Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association


Rooms 133-135
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.
1:30 p.m.
3 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

Understanding Pumps and Common Pumping Issues


Evaluation and Installation of Backup Pump Systems
Best Installation Practices for Trouble-Free Pump Controls
Troubleshooting Pumps, Panels and Switches
with Digital Multimeters
Sizing Guidelines for Sump, Sewage and Grinder Pumps
SSPMA Ask the Experts Panel Discussion

NOWRA

National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association


Rooms 240-242
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.
1:30 p.m.
3 p.m.

Introduction to Soils
Onsite Septic System Loading Rates and Site Layout
Making Infiltration Decisions
Understanding Soil Surface Design
Soil Dispersal Comparison
Introduction to the Elements of Onsite System
Design and Regulations
Onsite Septic System Hydraulics and Pump Design

Business Strategies

4:30 p.m.

8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.

Portable Sanitation

Rooms 140-142

11 a.m.
1:30 p.m.
3 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

How Much Should I Charge?


Business Game Changers: Top 5 Secret Strategies
for Massive Growth in Your Service Business
The Un-Business Plan Making Your Business
Less Complicated But More Profitable
How to Use Superior Customer Service to Increase Sales
Reward the Right Stuff: Finding, Training and
Keeping Great Team Members
Is Your Business Prepared for a Crisis?

Rooms 136-138
1:30 p.m.
3 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

Marketing Basics: How to Effectively and Efficiently Grow


Your Portable Sanitation Sales
Trust How to Build it and Use it to Grow Your
Portable Sanitation Business
Portable Sanitation Forum: Current and Future Critical
Issues Affecting the Industry Discussion

Industry Safety
Rooms 237-239
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

Pre-Engineered Shoring Systems for Cross-Trench


Utility Challenges
Excavation Safety
OSHA Confined Space, Air Monitoring and
Fall Protection Explained

NASSCO

Southern Section Collection Systems Committee


Rooms 231-233

Cleaning Nozzle Technology


Large vs. Small-Diameter Pipe Cleaning
The Lower Lateral The New Frontier in Sewer Rehab
Chemical Grouting Technologies
The Growth of the UV Cured CIPP Process
NASSCO Ask the Experts Panel Discussion

Treatment Plant
Operator
Rooms 243-245
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.
1:30 p.m.
3 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

Effective Strategies for Collections System Management


Sustainable Innovation in Biosolids Management
Pretreatment and Wastewater Lagoon Management
Septage Collection and Treatment
Large Scale FOG/Septage Receiving Station
Lantern Environmental Project Case History
Progress in Electrochemical Water Treatment in Last Century

WJTA-IMCA

Water Jet Technology Assoc. - Industrial Municipal Cleaning Assoc.


Rooms 237-239
1:30 p.m.
3 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

Proper Industrial Truck Maintenance Can More Than


Pay for Itself in Productivity and Safety
Air Conveyance Through an Industrial Vacuum Truck
Vacuum Excavation Applications and Opportunities

Women in Business

Rooms 136-138
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

Marketing to Women
Women of Wastewater: Building a Community of Allies
Women in Wastewater Roundtable

Vacuum Truck Equipment and Operation Training


presented by NAWT National Association of Wastewater Technicians
Rooms 109-110

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This day-long session will discuss in detail the equipment on vacuum trucks and how to operate them. Pumping terms
will be covered, as will safety principles, materials often encountered on the job and government regulations.

WWETT Education Sessions


Thursday, February 18, 2016
Liquid Waste
Treatment & Disposal

Sewer & Drain Cleaning,


Inspection & Repair

8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.

8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.

Rooms 130-132

11 a.m.

Analysis of Drainfield Failures and Restoration Methods


Cash In on Community System Operations and
Maintenance
Ultra-Efficient Inspection Technique to Locate Leaks on
Septic Systems

Rooms 133-135

11 a.m.

Using the Clean Water Act to Grow Profits


Winning Trench Warfare Finding Profitability
in Sewer/Septic Work
Your Best Shot at Sewer Success
How to Get the Most From Inspection Technology

Business Strategies
Rooms 136-138
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

How Self-Employed People Can Make More Money


Growing Your Business in a Tough Economy
Staying in Front of Your Customer

NOWRA Design Course


Rooms 240-242

SSCSC Sewer & Drain


Cleaning Course
Rooms 231-233
8 a.m.
10 a.m.

Hands-On Nozzle Technology


Hands-On Jetter Hose Maintenance Care and Repair

Onsite Septic Installation,


Repair & Design
Rooms 237-239
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

Overview of Application, Design, Installation


and Operation of Drip Dispersal Systems
Onsite System Pump Design Made Easy
The Onsite Wastewater Industry and Our Carbon Footprint

Sewer & Pipe Rehabilitation,


Relining & Repair
Treatment Plant Operator
Rooms 234-236
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

Take Control of Inflow and Infiltration in Manholes


When Things Go Wrong on a Lining Job
Taking Small-Diameter Drain Lining Inside Infrastructure

Rooms 243-245

8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

Mound and At-Grade Design


Low-Pressure Pipe in Drainfield Distribution
Subsurface Drip Irrigation

Municipal Sewer & Water


Rooms 140-142
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

How to Recover Non-Revenue Water


Phased Assessment Strategy for Sewers - Understanding
Sewer Condition Quicker with Fewer Resources
The Science of Pipe Cleaning Flow and Pressure

Smart Water Technology in Theory and Practice


Dissolved Ozone in Municipal Collection, Treatment
and Disposal
Municipal Biological Waste Treatment

Many states
approve WWETT
education sessions
toward fulfilling
required certified
education units or
professional development hours.
See wwettshow.com
for a list of approved
states and courses.

wwettshow.com 866-933-2653

Friday, February 19, 2016


Liquid Waste
Treatment & Disposal

Sewer & Drain Cleaning,


Inspection & Repair

Rooms 130-132
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

Rooms 133-135

Fact vs. Fiction: The Top Ten Septic Myths


All About Facultative Bacteria
Brown Grease Recovery From Grease Trap Waste: Science
and Economics

8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

Advanced Pipe Bursting


Low-Latency, High-Definition Video Over
Coaxial Cable for Remote Inspection
Plumbers vs. Technicians: The Slow Decline of the
Tradesman

Industry Safety
Rooms 140-142
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

Identifying and Managing Risk


in a Septic or Sewer Business
How Well Do You Know Your Cleaning Hose?
Pathogen Exposures to Workers in the Onsite Industry

Municipal Sewer & Water


Rooms 231-233
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

Business Strategies

Using Acoustic Inspection to Prioritize Sewer Cleaning


Evaluation of Automatic Filters for Nozzle Protection in
Recycled Water Applications
Flow Monitoring How to Make Your Program Successful

Creating a Data-Driven Strategic Marketing Plan


What Every Sewer and Drain Contractor Needs to Know
About Asset Protection, Tax Reduction and Estate Planning

Municipal Sewer & Water


Rooms 240-242
11 a.m.

GIS: Empowering Water, Wastewater and


Waste Removal Organizations

Rooms 136-138
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

Rooms 234-236
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.

Treatment Plant Operator


Rooms 243-245
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.

Insights into Ozone Water Treatment Plants


Wastewater Microbiology
How to Ensure Gold is the Result Choosing the Right
Dewatering Equipment

Know the State of Your Business Using


Business Charts and Reports
Using Software to Save Time and Increase Profits
Using Mobile Devices for Business

Sewer & Pipe


Rehabilitation,
Relining & Repair

11 a.m.

Rooms 240-242
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.

Business Software &


Technology

Buying Back Capacity


Successful Reduction of I&I Using the Holistic
Approach to Sewer Rehabilitation
Large Scale Centrifugally Cast Concrete Pipe Culvert
Rehab in CO Dept. of Transportation Region 1

COLE Publishings
Onsite Installer Course
Rooms 237-239

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This day-long session will walk professionals through


an introduction to proper installation practices for the
sustainable use of onsite treatment systems

Detailed session information available at:

www.wwettshow.com

FOCUS: SEWER

ARCH-ITECTS
OF SEWER
IMPROVEMENT
Michigan utility is tackling some big jobs including a 19th-century
brick arch sewer rehabilitation without burdening ratepayers
By Peter Kenter

City of Adrian Utilities Director Will Sadler


stands in front of phase 2 of the Brick Arch
Sewer Improvement Project, a multimilliondollar program designed to reinforce, reline
and replace brick arch sewers dating back to
the 1870s. (Photography by Amy Voigt)

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in length with pipe diameters ranging from 2 up


drian, Michigan, is a city of a little more
to 24 inches for the largest transmission mains.
than 20,000 with a can-do attitude. Its Utilities Department continues to take on the
We cleared out the last short segments of
citys toughest infrastructure challenges includwooden water mains 20 years ago, Sadler says.
ing the $3 million rehabilitation and replacement
Our oldest water pipe, pre-World War II vintage,
of its 19th-century brick arch sewer while holdis sand-cast iron. Some of our replacement pipe is
ing the line on utility rate increases.
PVC, but our material of preference is ductile iron.
Adrian is located 70 miles southwest of Detroit.
A seven-member operations and maintenance
Its Utilities Department is responsible for both
team fixes main breaks, repairs water leaks, and
water and wastewater services. Customers are suptaps water mains for new developments. The team
plied with a blend of surface water from Lake
is outfitted with Pollard Geophones to narrow
Adrian and groundwater from four wells. The city
down the sources of leaks.
operates a 10 mgd water treatment plant, which
We see a lot of repairs in the winter usuprimarily serves city resiWe cleared out the last short segments of
dents, and a wastewater treatment plant, which also serves
wooden water mains 20 years ago. Our oldest water
adjoining Madison and
pipe, pre-World War II vintage, is sand-cast iron.
Adrian Charter townships.
Some of our replacement pipe is PVC, but our
While the wastewater
material of preference is ductile iron.
treatment plant is rated at 7
mgd, extreme wet-weather
Will Sadler
flows can send as much as
20 mgd into the system. The city operates the
ally ring breaks caused by the freeze-thaw cycle,
2-million-gallon above-ground Winter Street retensays Sadler. Our crews are all hardworking, and
tion basin as an insurance policy, but a unique
even after a couple of bad winters where the temsolution provides extra value for ratepayers.
perature dropped to less than 10 below zero I
never heard them complain. This spring our team
Eliminating bottlenecks
also clamped some pipes with holes as big as softWe eliminated hydraulic bottlenecks through
balls caused by a combination of corrosion and
more efficient piping and created a parallel treatpressure fluctuations.
ment system, says Will Sadler, director of the
Service leaks also keep crews busy with as many
Adrian Utilities Department. Even though our
as a dozen leaks recently reported in a two-week
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
period. Crews typically pull in new copper line
(NPDES) permit is rated for 7 mgd, we can now
using a HammerHead Mole.
handle as many as 21 mgd for a short period of
time. The parallel system also allows us to run a
Condition and capacity
treatment loop in series in case anything toxic
We target replacement of water mains based
gets into the treatment stream.
on ongoing assessment, says Sadler. We coopThe water distribution system measures 98 miles
erate with our public works department to make
(continued)

We used to jet and vac and then


send in the camera to inspect the
work. When we had an outside
crew come in to do CIPP work, we
took a page out of their book
when we saw them jetting and
doing camera work simultaneously. Adopting that method will
really make us more efficient.

Utilities Director Will Sadler and


members of the Concord Excavating
team monitor work on the replacement
of Adrian, Michigans brick arch sewers,
which date back to the 1870s.

Will Sadler

Dustin Riddle (left) and Matt Prater of


Concord Excavating position a segment of
new pipe that will replace a brick arch sewer
built in the 1870s.

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sure we take advantage of any street work. However, our current priorities are pipes that are leaking, reaching the end of their service life and
undersized. We try to get in at least a 6- to 8-inch
pipe to replace smaller-diameter mains.
While most water main construction is contracted out, utility staff is motivated to perform
the work where possible. Last fall theoperations
and maintenance crew successfully installed
approximately 1,300 feet of 8-inch-diameter pipe
to replace an aging 6-inch water main.
The sewer system runs 85 miles long in diameters ranging from 6 to 60 inches. Materials range
from older vitrified clay to newer concrete and
SDR35 PVC the citys preferred pipe for
replacement and new construction.
In 2014 the city received a Stormwater, Asset
Management and Wastewater (SAW) program
grant worth about $930,000 from the State of
Michigan.
This was primarily used on the sanitary side,
Sadler says. We contracted Tetra Tech of Ann
Arbor to advance our GIS mapping program using
ArcGIS (Esri), while performing a number of
other functions including inspection and inventory of manholes, cleaning and televising the system, and creating an asset management plan for

the wastewater treatment plant.


In-house crews televise and clean the system
using the citys Vactor sewer
(continued)

PROFILE:
Utilities Department,
Adrian, Michigan
YEAR ESTABLISHED:

1935

POPULATION SERVED:

Water: 22,000; Sewer: 35,000


AREA SERVED:

8.1 square miles


DEPARTMENT STAFF:

33

INFRASTRUCTURE:

Sewer: 85 miles; Water: 98 miles


ANNUAL DEPARTMENT OPERATING
BUDGET:

Sewer: $5.4 million; Water: $4.4 million


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The brick arch sewers were built


with great craftsmanship, but it
really is only a single layer of brick
and over the years the mortar has
deteriorated. Under heavy traffic
loads, the circular tunnel has
collapsed in some places to the point
that it has become heart shaped.
Will Sadler
cleaner, Vactor jetter and RapidView IBAK CCTV
camera. In the past, the entire sanitary system
was cleaned in a three-year cycle. Now, with the
additional task of televising, it takes about five

Dustin Riddle works on the positioning of a sewer tie-in on the new line.

years to complete the entire system.


We used to jet and vac and then send in the
camera to inspect the work, Sadler says. When
we had an outside crew come in to do CIPP work,
we took a page out of their book when we saw
them jetting and doing camera work simultaneously. Adopting that method will really make us
more efficient.

Bring on the brick arch


The utilitys current signature project is the
$3 million Downtown Brick Arch Sewer Improvement Project. In planning since 2010, the threephase program is designed to rehabilitate and

ADRIAN FIX IT
EMPOWERS CUSTOMERS
The Utilities Department of the City of Adrian, Michigan, is asking
for it. Asking citizens to report any problems relating to utilities, that is.
And the department is making it easier with Adrian Fix It, a free mobile
app for iOS and Android that allows anyone to call in a work report.
The app is powered by SeeClickFix, a customizable software package
that allows citizens to report nonemergency neighborhood issues.
Adrian Fix It covers a broad range of issues, from overgrown tree
branches to potholes, litter, flooding and malfunctioning traffic signals.
However, the Utilities Department receives its share of repair requests.

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replace sections of the nearly 150-year-old bricklined combined sewer. The deteriorating sewer
serves much of the downtown area, and the project will assist the city in meeting an NPDES mandate to eliminate combined sewer outfall to the
Raisin River at its Winter Street retention basin.
Making the project more challenging, the sewer
runs through easements between houses, under
buildings, through parking lots and under other
narrow rights of way.
The brick arch sewers were built with great
craftsmanship, but it really is only a single layer of
brick and over the years the mortar has deteriorated, says Sadler. Under heavy traffic loads, the

Anyone with a smartphone can report a problem by snapping a


picture of the problem, adding an address or dragging a map icon to
the location of the issue and sending it with a short description of
what theyre seeing to City Hall, says Will Sadler, director of the
Adrian Utilities Department. Through the magic of computers, the
repair request for example, a leaking hydrant gets routed to the
person responsible for it. That person then acknowledges the request
has been received and updates the request file once the problem has
been resolved.
Sadler says he likes the speed and efficiency of the system but notes
that for some citizens it may inspire unrealistic expectations.
Just because you send your request instantaneously, doesnt mean we
can fix it instantaneously, he says. We cant fix everything overnight, but
well get to it as soon as we reasonably can.

circular tunnel has collapsed in some places to the


point that it has become heart shaped. But the project is also about reconfiguring the system, redirecting stormwater and disconnecting catch basins and
roof drains that run straight into it.
The Utilities Department scheduled the entire
project to run for three summers beginning in
2014, with all funding derived entirely from the
existing wastewater capital project fund.
The first phase of construction in summer
2014 included replacement of 1,500 linear feet
of 32- by 42-inch brick arch sewers. Existing sewers were removed and replaced with 12-inch PVC
sanitary sewer with existing laterals reintegrated
into the new pipe. A new separated storm sewer
was connected to a new stormwater outfall at Raisin River. An additional 600 linear feet of brick
arch sewers 30 to 36 inches in diameter were rehabilitated with CIPP technology from Layne Inliner.
This is a structural liner, so the brick arch
structure has been strengthened and lined for
an estimated additional life of 100 years, Sadler
says. We also replaced deteriorated manhole
structures in this phase.
The second phase of construction for summer and fall 2015 included open-cut replacement
of two city blocks of brick arch sewers.
Phase 3 is in the design phase and involves
the brick arch sewers running under historic buildings, says Sadler. This is where weve become
more concerned about the arches. Were not only
rehabilitating here but also making sure that the
sewers are given the strength to continue to support the structures above them. This phase will
include the final separation of storm and sanitary systems and likely more CIPP lining or the
use of cementitious trowel-on liner.

another big project in fall 2014. This project, with


a price tag of nearly $400,000, consisted of replacing two large 1940s-era floodgates designed to
control water levels on Lake Adrian as well as additional rehabilitation work on the dam itself, including concrete work and updated electrical.
Future plans include investigating options to
replace the lime-softening technology used at the
citys water treatment plant. Estimated cost savings for elimination of lime and the disposal of

lime sludge: $300,000 per year.


With all of the work undertaken, Sadler notes
that respect for utility customers is paramount.
Were doing what had to be done and what
needs to be done, he says. Even with all were
achieving with our current projects, we havent borrowed funds or increased our user rates in the past
two years. We believe thats value for money. F

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NASSCO CORNER

NASSCO (National
Association of Sewer
Service Companies) is

PLANNING
FOR
2016
NASSCOs strategic plan outlines training, advocacy and operational efficiency initiatives

located at 2470 Longstone Lane,


Suite M, Marriottsville, MD 21104;
410/442-7473; www.nassco.org

By Ted DeBoda, P.E.

ASSCO will soon celebrate 40 years of setting industry standards


for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure, ensuring the continued acceptance and growth of trenchless
technologies. As we enter 2016, we also enter a time when industry professionals demand and deserve the highest levels of education and training
possible, with exposure to the latest technologies available.
NASSCOs vision to improve the success rate of everyone involved in
the pipeline rehabilitation industry through education, technical resources
and industry advocacy will be supported by our 2016 strategic plan, which
focuses on quality training and technical resources, industry advocacy and
growth, and operational efficiency.

Training and resources


Goal: Create and promote industry standards, to include training and
other technical resources, with cooperation from like-minded associations
to improve the success and growth of trenchless technologies.
Improve the quality and accessibility of training materials for the Pipeline
Assessment Certification Program and the Inspector Training Certification Program.
Develop relevant and high-quality online training courses.
Update existing and complete new technical manuals and standards to
raise the bar for the industry.
Build relationships with academia to include TTC (Louisiana Tech), CUIRE
(University of Texas, Arlington), and others.

Get the EDge

Advocacy and growth


Goal: Promote the use of trenchless technologies, and improve their success rate through education and advocacy.
Maintain and build productive relationships with WEF, ASCE Pipelines and
other professional associations to unite and strengthen the industry.
Provide members with an awareness of issues relating to government funding or buried infrastructure and facilitate member involvement in issues
that impact industry growth.
Provide educational opportunities through webinars, Education Day at
WWETT, technical workshops, Technical Day at NASSCOs Annual Conference and other opportunities.
Establish an apprenticeship program through U.S. Department of Labor
to reduce costs associated with hiring new employees with no experience.
Execute an aggressive marketing plan (to include case studies, articles, etc.)
to reach municipalities, engineers and others who would benefit from standards to improve and increase the use of trenchless technologies.

Operational efficiency
Goal: Establish tools and processes to efficiently disseminate information
and offer the best service possible to the industry.
Improve NASSCOs data management and website tools to facilitate better
service and resources for the membership, the individuals that we train and
to the industry in general.
Evaluate NASSCO staffing and board structure to better serve our clients and
grow the organization. F

Training and Continuing Education Courses

PACP TRAINING

December 8-10

January 11

Includes Manholes and Laterals!


A limited number of PACP Re-Certification seats available.
Contact Marilyn Shepard for more information or to register:
916-899-8961 or email mshepard1@hotmail.com

1 Day Recertification Course


Trainer: Brandon Conley
Contact Ashley Groves for more information or to register:
248-349-0904 or email pacp@dohenycompanies.com

Sacramento, CA

December 8

Marriottsville, MD

PACP User Recertification


Trainer: Ted DeBoda
Contact Dawn Jaworski for more information or to register:
December 9-11
410-442-7473 or email dawn@nassco.org

January 12-14

December 8-10

Seattle, WA

Includes Manhole and Laterals!


Recertifications Welcome
Contact Laurie Perkins for more information or to register:
603-606-4420 or email laurie.perkins@wright-pierce.com

December 15-17

ITCP TRAINING (CIPP and Manhole)

Includes Manholes and Laterals!


Recertifications Welcome!
Contact Rizwan Siddiqi, PE for more information or to
register:
443-739-9234 or email rasiddiqi@gmail.com

December 1-3

Cambridge, MA

December 8-10
Conyers, GA

Includes Manhole and Laterals!


Recertifications Welcome
Contact John Jones for more information or to register:
404-431-5584 or email plumblineconsultant@gmail.com

December 8-10
Includes Manholes and Laterals!
Recertifications Welcome
Trainer: Brandon Conley
Contact the Camera Department for more information or to
register:
248-349-0904 or email pacp@dohenycompanies.com

December 2015

Includes Manholes and Laterals!


PACP Re-Certification seats available.
Contact John Jurgens for more information or to register:
425-487-3325 or email nodig@aol.com

NASSCO Facility in Marriottsville, MD

December 15-17
Wichita, KS

La Porte, TX

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Includes Manholes and Laterals!


PACP Re-Certification seats available.
Contact Paul Booth for more information or to register:
304-647-0757 or email woodsidescheduling@gmail.com

January 5-7
Antioch, CA

Includes Manholes and Laterals!


Recertifications Welcome
Trainer: Eric Sullivan
Contact Ashley Groves for more information or to register:
248-349-0904 or email pacp@dohenycompanies.com

Northville, MI

Includes Manholes and Laterals!


Trainer: Brandon Conley
Contact Ashley Groves for more information or to register:
248-349-0904 or email pacp@dohenycompanies.com

Sioux Falls, SD

Cured In Place Pipe


8:00 am 5:00 pm Day 1 8:00 am 1:00 pm Day 2 Morning
Contact Gerry Muenchmeyer for more information:
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Manhole Rehabilitation
1:00 pm 5:00 pm Day 2 Afternoon 8:00 am 5:00 pm Day 3
Contact Tim Back for more information:
513-253-8461 or email timbacktwo.com
Courses can be taken individually.

February 1-2

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TECH TALK

TRAILER-MOUNTED
VACUUM MAINTENANCE
Follow these 10 maintenance tips to keep your
trailer-mounted vacuum excavators on the job and running strong
By Kyle Rogers

acuum excavation is a valuable tool in the water and wastewater world.


And if you find yourself working a lot of jobs that need that vacuum
power in a more compact package, a trailer-mounted unit is likely a
part of your fleet.
Like any machine, proper maintenance goes a long way in keeping everything running smoothly. Keep the following advice in mind to ensure problem-free operation of your vacuum excavator.

2. Trailer hitch tips


An important aspect of the prejob inspection that doesnt come into
play for full-size truck-mounted vacuum excavators is the trailer hitch. The
hitch system is probably the one point that doesnt get enough attention
on a trailer unit because you dont have that on a truck, Hatfield says. But
its critical because thats what is pulling the unit down the road.
Before leaving for a job site, check the hitch for any signs of wear.
If its a ball hitch, you need to check the condition of the ball itself.
Are there edges ground off of it, or does it have a crack? If its a pintle hitch,
its a little different, but those should be looked at as well because they will
crack from fatigue after awhile, Hatfield says.
To prevent damage to the hitch system, Hatfield recommends not overloading the trailer and making sure its attached to the truck in a way that
doesnt overstress the hitch.
Make sure the trailer is running relatively level so the tires are all carrying the load the same way, he says. Say the hitch on the trailer is high.
If its a dual-axle trailer and most units are now youre carrying a lot
of weight on the rear axle that should be running on the front axle, and
that puts a lot of additional strain on the hitch.

Vacuum excavation trailers are versatile, powerful pieces of equipment, but


if you dont keep up with daily inspections and proper maintenance, youll be
paying out more than youre sucking up.

1. Do a thorough prejob inspection


A good maintenance routine for any equipment begins with a prejob
inspection. On trailer-mounted vacuum excavation units, start from the
ground up, suggests Jerry Hatfield, training and warranty manager for Sewer
Equipment Co. of America.
Check the tires. Are they properly inflated? When youre pulling these
trailers down the road, many of them are very heavy whether they have a
load or not. Theyre carrying a lot of equipment so proper inflation is important for both the operator and the safety of the motoring public. Check the
wheel lug nuts. Its such a simple thing to do and yet I would be willing to
bet there are a lot of operators who dont even keep a wrench that fits the
trailer lug nuts with the rest of their equipment.
Other items to check on a trailer unit include turn signal lights and any
reflective markings to make sure theyre clean, intact and clearly visible.
From there, operators should move on to the vacuum excavation machine
itself and check items such as oil levels.
What they do in the yard before even going to a job site is going to set
the tone for either a really good day or a really bad day, Hatfield says.

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Always check the wheels, tires, signals and oil levels before pulling your vacuum
trailer out of the yard, and always check the hitch for any signs of wear.

3. Dont neglect regular fluid checks


Engine oil and other fluids should be checked on a daily basis, Hatfield says.
Its really easy to do, but a lot of times it gets ignored, he says. A few quarts
of oil is a lot cheaper than replacing an engine. Sometimes you get a person
complaining about an engine failure. Well, did anyone bother to check anything in that unit before taking off to the job site?
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4. Other fluid-related tips
If its a hydroexcavation unit and you have water on board, Hatfield recommends keeping an eye on the condition of the water pump oil. Make sure
its not cloudy like theres water in it because that degrades the lubrication of
the oil, he says. That can cause the water pump to wear out very quickly.
For the blower, check to make sure the oil is at the proper level as you
would with other components but also be leery of adding too much oil.
It can actually over-pressurize the oil chambers on some blowers out
there and be just as bad as not having enough oil. The blower can fail
because of that, Hatfield says.

5. Service intervals
Follow manufacturer guidelines to gauge when to change out the fluids on your machine. Hatfield says a good rule of thumb is every 500 hours
of operation.
You might have a break-in period of 100 to 200 hours on a lot of your
lubrication, says Hatfield. It depends on the component, but for engine
oil, pump oil, blower oil and hydraulic oil, after that break-in period, many
manufacturers will probably recommend about a 500-hour service interval
to go through the entire unit.

Oil and fluid levels should be checked daily at minimum. Its also a good idea
to check them during the course of operation and before starting up again
after breaks.

Those guidelines will say something along the lines of run the blower
at up to 75 percent of its max capacity for only this length of time before
raising the boom to let some ambient air in to cool it down. Blowers will
generate a lot of heat, and you dont want a premature blower failure just
because you were running it a bit too hard.

8. Other things to watch for during operation


Hatfield says its a good practice to continue to monitor oil levels during the course of operation.
Its easy enough most of the time to keep an eye on it through things
like sight glasses, he says. Even if you stop and break for lunch, its not a
bad idea to go around and check oil levels before starting back up again.
Oil is really the lifeblood that is keeping the unit going.
Also get out the grease gun and apply grease to any areas as needed,
such as drive shafts.
A lot of it has to do with how intensely theyre operating, Hatfield says.
An operator who does a couple of potholes and is maybe using the unit
for an hour a day is a little different than a person who is out in the oilfields
running it hard all day long.

9. Grease liberally

Booms typically operate in dirty environments under a lot of strain, so keeping


them properly greased is critical. Be sure to rotate the boom while greasing it.

6. Adjust based on operating conditions


Of course, you might have to tweak your service schedule based on the
type of environment youre working in. Operators who live and work in a
region that sees a cold winter will want to be mindful of water condensation affecting oils.
Thats when its nice to change out the oil, Hatfield says. Some operators will change it in the spring and in the fall. That way theyre ready with
new oil for winter and new oil for the summer. Its a personal preference
thing, but 500 hours is still a nice rule of thumb.
In warmer climates, operators may not have to worry about condensation
buildup as much, but running the unit too hard for too long can be an issue.

7. Take a break to avoid a breakdown


Thats a scenario in which the best maintenance can be as simple as not
overworking the vacuum excavator. In high-heat situations, hydraulic oils
get pretty warm and engines run pretty hot, Hatfield says.
The blower in particular is something to keep an eye on. Hatfield says
operators should closely follow the manufacturers blower usage guidelines.

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Regularly greasing components is one of the top maintenance items


that is overlooked, Hatfield says.
Ive had many customers with component failures in which it turned
out just to be a lack of lubrication on a drive shaft, he says. A little bit of
grease on a daily basis would fix a lot of problems.
He recommends applying at least a quarter tube of grease per day on bearing surfaces. The vacuum may actually pull some of the grease out past the
seals, he notes. Ive yet to see anyone overgrease a piece of equipment.

10. Boom maintenance


Hatfield says out of all the components on a vacuum excavator, the
boom rotation drive system may be the one that is especially important to
grease regularly.
Not only are you carrying the weight of the boom, youre also carrying
the weight of the vacuum whatever material youre pulling up into the
debris tank is also creating weight. So its already under a lot of strain, plus
its operating in a dirty environment. Invariably theyll fail because of a lack
of grease.
When greasing the boom, its critical to rotate it as well.
Many manufacturers will say grease, rotate it, grease, rotate it some
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PRODUCT FOCUS

CLEANING AND
MAINTENANCE

INDUSTRIAL VACUUM TRUCKS

GapVax HV57 High-Dump


The HV57 High-Dump vacuum loader
from GapVax allows contractors to stay on
site longer with the capability to off-load into
a standard 60-inch-high roll-off container. It
comes standard with a 5,300 cfm, 28-inch Hg
vacuum pump and a wet/dry filtration design,
with a 17-cubic-yard debris body. It has a variety of user-friendly options available. 888/442-

By Craig Mandli

Cleaning and maintaining municipal sewer lines requires


good tools and equipment. These cable machines, vacuum
trucks, combination units, jetters, nozzles, cameras, waterblasting systems, software and maintenance accessories will
help you keep lines flowing freely. Here is a look at some
of these important tools.
CABLE MACHINES

Duracable Manufacturing DM55


The DM55 sled drain machine from
Duracable Manufacturing has a maintenancefree gearbox, an industrial 3/4 hp motor at
175 rpm, and a durable frame. It has a highperformance gearbox with a 10-to-1 gear
ratio, and enclosed polyethylene reels in a
variety of sizes. It is designed to handle several different sizes of reels to provide cablesize flexibility. The power cable feed extends and returns cable automatically
at a steady pace, helping service technicians run long lengths of cable in
drainlines. Its effective on grease and roots and can be used on mainlines
as well as industrial, commercial and residential jobs, including overhead
and wall clean-outs. 877/244-0556; www.duracable.com.

MyTana Mfg. Company M81 Big Workhorse


The M81 Big Workhorse from
MyTana Mfg. Company is a mainline
machine for those who are comfortable
with a sled-style machine and like the
option of easily adding additional reels
of cable for runs of more than 125 feet.
It has a quiet capacitor start motor that
allows the contractor to listen to the
cable as it works its way down the pipe, and helps the operator react quickly
when cable torque starts to build. It is suitable for 3- to 10-inch sewer mainlines and is available with either 11/16- or 3/4-inch sewer cable, up to 125
feet long. The gearbox drive mechanism is capable of driving up to 400 feet
of cable. Reels can be added or changed in seconds. The optional automatic feed retriever saves wear and tear on the operators arms and shoulders. It comes with a full set of 2- to 6-inch blades and a set of replacement
blades. The open-spoke reel with cover is standard, with a molded hard
plastic reel available. 800/328-8170; www.mytana.com.

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7829; www.gapvax.com.

Guzzler Manufacturing Predator


The Predator liquid vacuum tanker from
Guzzler Manufacturing is designed for handling bulk liquids, sludge and semisolid waste
in industrial applications. It combines high
vacuum and pressure off-loading designed to
deliver reliable performance in the most
demanding applications. The 3,000-gallon
tanker has a standard vacuum pump capable of suction pressures up to 27
to 29 inches Hg, maximum airflow of more than 400 cfm, and more than
300 cfm at 18 inches Hg. Alternate pump sizes are also available. The single-compartment tank is constructed with carbon steel and is rated for continuous maximum vacuum operation and 15 psi working pressure. Built in
accordance with Section VIII of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers boiler code, the tank complies with the U.S. Department of Transportation specification DOT 412 for hauling hazardous materials on the
highway. 815/672-3171; www.guzzler.com.

Vac-Con Industrial Vacuum Loader


The Industrial Vacuum Loader from VacCon was designed with a filtration system to
handle lightweight dry material. It is available with options like Hi-Dump and the Automatic Material Return System. Single-mode
machines can recover wet or dry material with
up to 28 inches Hg. Positive-displacement
blowers are capable of pulling material long
distances of up to 700 feet. It is available with a hydroexcavation package
that adds a powerful, high-pressure water system that works together with
the vacuum system to effectively excavate around sensitive underground
utilities, locate underground systems, and excavate in areas with limited
access. 855/336-2962; www.vac-con.com.

INSPECTION SOFTWARE/MAINTENANCE ACCESSORIES

CUES TruVue
The TruVue video transmission system from CUES
enables the jet truck operator, inspector, remote-equipment operator, consulting engineer or owner to
remotely view real-time video images as generated by
a CCTV inspection system. Applications include the
minimizing of the potential for unintended collisions
between the jet nozzle, to save water during the cleaning process, and simultaneous remote viewing by multiple parties in less-than-ideal weather conditions and/
or temperatures. The system operates with all man-

ufacturers video inspection systems, requiring only a standard (NTSC or PAL)


video output. 800/327-7791; www.cuesinc.com.

General Pipe Cleaners Hot-Shot


Hot-Shot 320 and 400 pipethawing machines from General
Pipe Cleaners thaw pipes in minutes to eliminate tearing up floors,
breaking through walls or digging
around pipes in frozen ground. The
Hot-Shot 320, weighing just 30 pounds, generates 320 amps of thawing
power to thaw up to 100 feet of 1 1/2-inch pipe. The Hot-Shot 400 has a
dual-level output, and its 400 amps can thaw frozen 1 1/2-inch lines up
to 175 feet long. On jobs with only a 15-amp breaker available, the unit
can be switched down to 320 amps and pull just 14 amps. The operator
attaches pipe clamps to the frozen pipe section, plugs the machine in to
any convenient 115-volt receptacle, and in a few minutes the frozen pipe
is thawed. The compact machine comes with a heavy-gauge steel case.
800/245-6200; www.drainbrain.com.

InfoSense SL-DOG
The Sewer Line Data OrGanizer, or SLDOG, from InfoSense, provides data downloading, cloud management and visualization
support for the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment
Tool, or SL-RAT. The SL-RAT uses active
acoustics to provide a fast assessment of blockage conditions in gravity-fed sewers to focus
sewer cleaning and CCTV inspection efforts. The software is composed of
two parts, the first of which resides locally on the users Windows-based PC.
It allows the user to download field data collected with the SL-RAT, including the GPS coordinates where measurements have been made. The cloud
component allows for management of users, validation of test results, workforce productivity measurement, and generation of data files that are compatible with a variety of GIS and work-order management systems.
877/747-3245; www.infosenseinc.com.

JET/VAC COMBINATION TRUCKS/TRAILERS

Ditch Witch FXT60


The FXT60 truck vacuum excavator from Ditch Witch comes with the
customers choice of a 500-gallon spoils
tank with 200-gallon water tank, or an
800-gallon spoils tank with 400-gallon
water tank. The vacuum excavator is
mounted directly to the truck frame
rails, allowing system components to
flex independently of the truck, maximizing structural integrity. Saddlestyle tanks provide even weight distribution, enhancing the machines stability and making it easier to handle during transport. Its 74 hp Deutz diesel
engine provides 1,027 cfm of suction power and a high-pressure water system (5.5 gpm, 3,000 psi) provides enough power and suction for large
cleanup jobs around directional drilling sites and municipal locations, plus
soft excavation tasks such as potholing utilities. Its auto-clutching feature
disengages the water pump when water is not in use, allowing full system
power for suction. 580/336-4402; www.ditchwitch.com.

Petrofield Industries Tornado F4 Slope


The Tornado F4 Slope hydroexcavator
from Petrofield Industries holds 13 cubic yards
of mud and more than 2,100 gallons of freshwater. A positive-displacement vacuum blower
(4,000 to 6,300 cfm) pulls spoils to the tank
via a boom with 342-degree rotation and a
26-foot reach. All of the critical components
are housed in an insulated and heated aluminum van body. Because of the sloped floor design, operators do not hoist
the tank to empty it, eliminating the dangers of dumping on uneven ground
and around overhead power lines. 877/340-8141; www.tornadotrucks.com.

Polston Applied Technologies PAT 360-HD


The PAT 360-HD from Polston
Applied Technologies is a multipurpose
cleaning truck that uses the Polston Process and COMBINATION 3 technology
(a combination of jetter, vacuum and
downhole pump) to provide a complete,
stand-alone cleaning system for large-diameter lines, digesters, grit chambers, lift stations, water treatment plants, ponds, lagoons and other hard-to-clean
environments. It uses four 8-inch hydraulic pumps (each pumping 2,500
gpm), enabling it to pump/separate sand and water at up to 10,000 gpm. It
delivers up to 1,100 hp, providing the ability to remove submerged debris
and handle low-viscosity fluids. It performs in surcharged conditions, allowing the facility to remain online. It has an extra-long hydraulic knuckleboom
crane, with up to 49 feet of reach from the center and 180-degree rotation
to access hard-to-reach places. 844/765-7866; www.polstonprocess.com.

Super Products Camel 1200


The Camel 1200 12-yard combination truck from
Super Products is available with an optional hydroexcavation package that includes cartridge filters,
dig tubes and specially designed water lances. Coupled with powerful waterjetting and vacuum capability, utilizing these tools allows operators to safely
and effectively expose utility lines, remove debris
and clean out a variety of structures, dig in congested spaces, and perform many other hydroexcavating applications. A 9-yard version is also
available. 800/837-9711; www.superproductsllc.com.

US Jetting 500 JET VAC


The 500 JET VAC combination
unit from US Jetting is compact and
requires no CDL. The unit is low profile with nothing above the cab. It is
designed to be mounted on a Ford
F-550 or similar truck, or available as
a tandem trailer-mounted unit. It
comes with a 500-gallon debris tank,
250-gallon freshwater tank, 3010 jetter package (3,000 psi at 10 gpm), 300
feet of 3/8-inch hose, and a set of base nozzles. It has a HATZ Tier 4 Final
water-cooled diesel engine, RB/DB blower, 100 feet of 4-inch suction hose,
and both the blower and jetter are hydraulically driven, allowing for better
control and delivery of power for stand-alone jetting, vac or jet/vac operation. Its high-velocity guns and tips provide hydroexcavation capabilities. It
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enclosure for improved sight lines. It also
has electric reel control for smoother rotation and easier operation, and hydraulic
and water gauges mounted in the main
control panel for easier viewing. 800/7522400; www.hi-vac.com.

is also capable of high-lift dumping, eliminating the need for any type of
debris tank push bars. 800/538-8464; www.usjetting.com.

Vacall AllJetVac
AllJetVac combination sewer cleaners from Vacall are powered by a single
chassis engine, slashing fuel consumption, cutting harmful emissions and
reducing routine maintenance. They have
a strong positive-displacement blower system providing jetting action and vacuum
power. The oval-shaped debris body has
cylindrical sides for strength and efficient material dumping. Aluminum
water tanks are mounted high on the chassis away from road debris. Their
intelligent AllSmartFlow CANbus control system has a programmable LCD
display that monitors engine, water flow and vacuum performance, while
allowing for precise boom and reel movements. Water flow control monitoring can reduce trips for refills. 800/382-8302; www.vacall.com.

The Vermeer J12-30 sewer jetting system


from McLaughlin turns a vacuum excavator
into a versatile jet/vac combination unit for
use in a variety of applications, such as cleaning manholes, small sewer lines up to 12 inches
in diameter, and hydroexcavation in sewer lateral repairs or spotting utilities. The option
is available on VX80 Series vacuum excavators with 500-, 800- or 1,200-gallon spoils tanks, and the MEGA Vacs vacuum
excavator product line. 800/435-9661; www.mclaughlinunderground.com.

Vactor Manufacturing 2100 Plus

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The 2100 Plus sewer


cleaner from Vactor Manufacturing has a single-engine,
dual-stage fan configuration,
with a 10-foot telescopic boom
option on the 2100 Plus PD
truck. It has an easy-load, fast-dump debris body, Modul-Flex design system,
and multistage blower filtration system. The fan model has a single engine
design that takes advantage of the unused power available in the chassis
engine. A closed-loop hydrostatic drive system powers the fan vacuum. The
controls have components designed to give operators power only when and
where they need it, while offering a simple interface. The front operator
control panel has two selector switches for the fan drive on/off and mode
(low/medium/high). The telescoping boom (tube within tube, box beam
within box beam) retracts a minimum of 10 feet without affecting the vertical position of the pickup tubes while enhancing reach and productivity.
800/627-3171; www.vactor.com.

The Ring-O-Matic 550 dual-pump


combination sewer line jetter and vacuum excavator provides the advantages
of a dedicated combination jet/vac
truck in a versatile, compact trailer unit.
It can vacuum sewer lines up to 20
inches in diameter in spaces too confined for stand-alone jetters and vacuum excavators, or a carrier-mounted
combo rig. Powered by an 81 hp CAT turbo diesel, the machine has a 1,000
cfm blower and can deliver 27 gpm at 2,700 psi up to 400 feet with its 3/4inch jetter hose. Its trailer axles are rated to 16,000 pounds, allowing the
550-gallon spoils tank and 500-gallon freshwater tank to be easily pulled
behind a 3/4- or 1-ton truck. 800/544-2518; www.ring-o-matic.com.

JETTERS - TRUCK/TRAILER

Cam Spray Model TM2712H


The truck-mounted TM2712H jetter from
Cam Spray can be mounted on a flatbed truck,
in an enclosed or open trailer, or in a truck
box, and can be easily removed with a forklift. Models are available in 11.5 gpm at 2,700
psi, 8 gpm at 3,800 psi, or 7 gpm at 4,000 psi.
It is powered by a 690 cc Honda engine and
can jet up to 8-inch lines. Cleanup is easy with
the accessory pressure wash gun, hose and
wand. It comes with 400 feet of hose, a DCpowered reel with a 2-to-1 drive system and
foot control switch, 300-gallon water tank with low-water shutdown, powder-coated frame, and four-nozzle set. 800/648-5011; www.camspray.com.

Hi-Vac OBrien 7000


The OBrien 7000 Series trailer-mounted jetter from Hi-Vac Corporation comes with water tanks with a sediment pump for easier cleaning and
longer life. The trailer has the muffler and air cleaner mounted inside the

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McLaughlin Vermeer J12-30

Sewer Equipment 800 HPR-ECO


The single-axle 800 HPR-ECO truckmounted jetter from Sewer Equipment
has a 1,500-gallon water capacity and provides operators with an easy-to-maneuver
package while maximizing cleaning footage between water refills. A climate-controlled environmental chamber with
80,000 Btu heater keeps the pump, rear hose reel and plumbing warm during subfreezing temperatures. The extendable hose reel allows operators
to position themselves with minimal exposure to traffic. The eco operating system combines the simplicity and efficiency of a PTO hydrostatic
pump drive with a power plant that operates at a low rpm, along with a
small carbon footprint, low noise emissions and decreased fuel consumption. 877/735-4640; www.sewerequipment.com.

Spartan Tool Model 740


The Model 740 hybrid hydrojetter from
Spartan Tool offers 4,000 psi of jetting
power at a 12 gpm flow on a wide-track
chassis, towable by any vehicle. It is available in either a traditional gasoline-powered configuration or in a hybrid version
that runs on liquid propane. The LP version offers 4,000 psi of jetting power wherever needed, even inside food-

processing plants and other locations where air quality is a concern, including
areas that experience ozone action days or other local emission restrictions.
It comes with 350 feet of hose and a 40 hp electric-start engine. It is available in a skid-mounted version for installation on an existing van or trailer.
800/435-3866; www.spartantool.com.

the powerful laminar water flow generated by a pump or jetting truck.


Preserving smooth flow means that it generates tightly focused, high-velocity jet streams that strip fats, oils and grease from pipe walls and move
them efficiently downstream. The unit is 12 pounds of stainless steel with
replaceable jet orifices, rated for 10,000 psi minimum burst. 866/6205915; www.nozzteq.com.

NOZZLES

Southland Tool Safety Shutter Vacuum Nozzle

Arthur Products Cnt-r-KUT Centering Device


The Cnt-r-KUT Centering Device from
Arthur Products allows itself to conform to
unfortunate line situations. It is available in
three- or six-vein aerospace elastomer and is
flexible enough to conform to damaged or
deformed lines. It can be easily trimmed in
the field to fit virtually any line from 2 to 8
inches in diameter. Just attach a 3/8- or 1/2inch NPT hose to one end and a 3/8- or 1/2inch NPT nozzle to the other end to operate.
800/322-0510; www.arthurproducts.com.

Enz USA Rotopuls 30


The Rotopuls 30 rotating vibration nozzle from Enz
USA is provided with an eccentrically supported rotor,
which produces hard vibration impact and pulsating jets.
The resulting pulsations become so strong that hard
deposits disintegrate. It is safe to use in pipes made of
plastic, steel or concrete from 1.5 to 4 inches in diameter. The small size allows for navigating tough bends. It
is ideal for cleaning waterless urinals, is available in a
1/4-inch connection and operates on flow as low as 3
gpm. 877/369-8721; www.enzusainc.com.

Hammelmann Corp. XXL


The XXL automatic tank cleaning head from
Hammelmann Corp. removes extremely hard-scale
buildup from large tanks, vessels and interior of
pipes. It operates using the power of high-pressure
water so no other energy sources or extra cleaning
materials are necessary. The nozzle arm rotates due
to the reaction force of the water jets emitting from
the nozzles mounted at each end of the spray arm.
This rotational motion is transferred via a built-in
drive and reduction gear, which in turn rotates the
cleaner around its vertical axis. By rotating in two
axes, the water jets can reach all parts of the tank interior. The speed of
rotation is controlled by a finger-adjustable induction brake magnet. The
head can be operated with pressures up to 23,000 psi and flow rates exceeding 200 gpm. It allows for low pressure loss and delivers a long and conical
nozzle stream. The unit can be easily converted into a pipe-cleaning unit
by fitting into a sledge cage with a pulling eye and kick plate for self-propulsion. 800/783-4935; www.hammelmann.com.

NozzTeq Super Goblin Grease Eater


The Super Goblin Grease Eater from NozzTeq adds the option for four additional front
jets and 10 rear jets that make it effective for
clearing grease and general cleaning. It has
smooth-walled inner chambers that preserve

The Safety Shutter Vacuum Nozzle from


Southland Tool puts the vacuum control into
the hands of the operator at the end of the
hose. It is designed to instantly release vacuum
with the push of a lever. A detachable tripod
design lets it stand on its own, granting handsfree operation. The shutter design allows the
operator to regulate airflow as needed. It is
designed for 4- and 6-inch flex hose. 714/6328198; www.southlandtool.com.

Spraying Systems WashJet


WashJet spray nozzles from Spraying Systems provide high-impact sprays to ensure
optimal cleaning. Constructed of 400 series
stainless steel material for long wear life, these
flat spray nozzles provide an even-edge spray
pattern with uniform spray distribution and
flow rates from 0.27 to 78 gpm. Standard MEG
and WEG WashJet nozzles with 1/8- or 1/4inch male or female connections offer spray
angles from zero (solid stream) to 65 degrees at operating pressures up to
4,000 psi. MEG-SSTC WashJet nozzles have tungsten carbide orifice inserts
for erosion resistance and long wear life. IMEG WashJet nozzles can be used
for demanding operations and provide high impact per unit area. Quickconnect QCMEG and QCIMEG WashJet nozzles are available to fit in Parker
ST fittings or equivalent, and have color-coded nozzle guards for easy sprayangle identification. 800/957-7729; www.spray.com.

USB Sewer Equipment Corporation one-piece nozzle


One-piece stainless steel cleaning nozzles
from USB Sewer Equipment Corporation
are neither bonded nor screwed together,
enhancing strength and reducing the chances
of failure under pressure. Their advanced
optimized 3-D hydromechanics, located in
the lower part of the chamber, eliminate pressure in the upper portion of the nozzle and
prevent explosion in a sewer line or manhole. The water from the pressurized hose is immediately guided directly into channels and smoothly directed
into one-piece ceramic nozzle inserts, which do not require winglets or flow
straighteners because of the hydromechanics in and
out of the chamber. The result is a highly efficient
jet pattern. 866/408-2814; www.usbsec.com.

TV INSPECTION CAMERAS

Amazing Machinery Viztrac Max


The Viztrac Max camera from Amazing Machinery has the same durability and super slick push
cable as previous Viztrac cameras, with a 22 percent
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larger 9-inch LCD color display, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
capable of up to eight hours of field use before recharge. The unit includes
an AC/DC adapter for direct power supply, a 512 Hz sonde transmitter, and
a DVR recorder that records to a standard SD card. A 4GB card is included.
800/504-7435; www.amazingmachinery.com.

Aries WiperCam Pan & Tilt


The WiperCam Pan & Tilt inspection camera from Aries Industries provides increased
productivity with a mainline in-the-pipe lens
cleaning system. The maintenance-free camera, with field-replaceable wipers, results in
more time in the pipe. A clean lens ensures clear images for fast, accurate
assessments in 6-inch-diameter or larger pipes. The lens is cleaned as the
camera rotates across the wiper blades. The operator can return to productive inspections seconds after cleaning. Pan-and-tilt camera head rotation
provides a 300-degree viewing angle, allowing viewing of lateral connections while conducting mainline inspections. The camera is ultra-sensitive
(1.0 lux), with an efficient LED lighting system. Evenly spaced LEDs provide consistent illumination throughout the pipe diameter. A 40x zoom
capability captures fine detail. 800/234-7205; www.ariesindustries.com.

Cobra Technologies CP Series


The CP Series of portable inspection
systems from Cobra Technologies has the
functionality of a truck-mounted system
in a compact, go-anywhere package. The
portable platform with wheels and a collapsible handle makes transportation easy.
Its lightweight cable allows for maximum
crawler productivity but can support multiple crawlers for 6- to 48-inch lines, while the auto-level rewind supports
cable with 600- to 1,000-foot capacity. It includes built-in DVD recording, a
daylight LCD monitor, Touch Pro Data Logger and CAMS Office software.
800/443-3761; www.cobratec.com.

Deep Trekker ROVs and crawlers


ROVs and crawlers from Deep
Trekker are easy-to-use, portable solutions for sewer inspection. The submersibles, built from anodized
aluminum and acrylic, are capable of
handling the tough environments of
sewers. A low-light HD camera and high-efficiency LED lighting allow for
inspections to capture pits and cracks and other areas of concern throughout sewage systems. Using lithium battery power and a hand-held controller, operators can access any sewer in short order. It is a turnkey solution
for inspection, providing operators control over infrastructure inspections.
519/342-3177; www.deeptrekker.com.

Electric Eel Ecam PRO 2


The Ecam PRO 2 from Electric Eel allows the operator to quickly inspect 3- to 10-inch pipelines and locate a
wide variety of problems. It comes with a rugged stainlesssteel-housed 1.68-inch-diameter self-leveling color camera with sapphire lens, 20 LED light ring and high-resolution
CCD element. A flexible camera spring navigates 3-inch
P-traps. The auto-iris adjusts lighting automatically. It provides a 512 Hz sonde and a 10.4-inch daylight-readable
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of text writing are available with memory saves and click-touch controls with
one-touch recording. It can record directly to a USB flash and includes
voice-over recording and audio/video out jacks, an 8x zoom function, adjustable light controls and a two-hour battery with built-in charger. It comes
standard with 200 feet of Kevlar-braided 1/2-inch pushrod and a rugged
powder-coated steel tube and bar construction with a secure locking reel
brake. It rolls on 8-inch wheels for easy maneuverability. 800/833-1212;
www.electriceel.com.

Envirosight VeriSight Pro 360


The camera head of the VeriSight Pro 360 from Envirosight remotely pans and tilts to give an operator maximum maneuverability when inspecting drainlines. A
joystick on the control unit rotates the camera continuously and tilts it plus or minus 135 degrees. Versions are
available with 130, 200 and 330 feet of push cable. Its
digital interface displays real-time inspection footage on
an 8-inch LCD, records up to 90 hours of inspection
video to internal memory, and allows an operator to enter
observation data for upload to WinCan. A customizable
interface lets operators zoom 3x on live or recorded video,
capture still images, configure the 16-page text writer, browse thumbnail
galleries, and select among several available languages. An integral tri-band
sonde transmits at 33 kHz, 512 Hz or 640 Hz. The entire system runs off
AC power, vehicle power or an internal rechargeable battery. 866/936-8476;
www.envirosight.com.

Forbest Products FB-PIC3688A


The FB-PIC3688A 360/180-degree pantilt camera from Forbest Products allows users
to generate panoramic pictures with remote
directional control. It comes with a 2 1/4-inch
waterproof high-resolution color camera head
with zoom, and 400 feet of fiberglass cable
and reel with meter counter. The 600 TVL
camera head has high LED lights, a wide angle
of 130 degrees, and focus of 10 to 60 mm,
and can work up to 30 meters underwater.
The heavy-duty waterproof control box includes a 10-inch LCD color screen
with USB and built-in SD card to record photos and videos. Control buttons
on the front panel are designed for controlling camera head rotation for
more than 20,000 hours continuously. On-screen status indicators include
footage of the cable pushed through the pipe. The built-in rechargeable battery lasts approximately three hours. 877/369-1199; www.forbestusa.net.

RapidView IBAK North America POLARIS


The POLARIS camera system from RapidView
IBAK North America has a three-axis range of movement for effective inspection of branching small-diameter pipeline systems. The ability to pan and tilt is
enhanced by the cameras pivot arm, which allows
the operator to choose direction while moving
through the pipeline and encountering tees and wyes.
It keeps the pipe in clear view on the monitor and
allows for laser measurement of pipe diameter and
other observations. It has upright picture control,
wide-angle view (plus or minus 120 degrees), powerful LED lighting and low-light sensitivity. 800/6564225; www.rapidview.com.

Ratech Electronics Elite SD Wi-Fi


The Elite SD Wi-Fi pipeline inspection
camera system from Ratech Electronics allows
operators to record pipe inspections wirelessly
to an iOS or Android device and take digital
still photos and live video that can be immediately uploaded to YouTube. No USB thumb
drives, SD cards or DVDs are needed. Download the app to an iPhone or iPad and stream
the video wirelessly. The Wi-Fi interface is
available on any current or existing Ratech
system and is available with a sunlight-readable 10-inch LCD monitor and
either a self-leveling camera, ultra micro-camera or pan-and-tilt push camera. Systems come in cable lengths from 100 to 400 feet. 800/461-9200;
www.ratech-electronics.com.

Rausch Electronics USA M-Series


The M-Series pipe inspection system from
Rausch Electronics USA is designed around
the L135 four-wheel-drive steerable crawler/
tractor platform. Each system is interchangeable via a quick-connect connector. The panand-tilt mainline TV camera mounts on the
electric lift of the crawler to inspect pipe
diameters from 5.5 up to 60 inches. To
upgrade the system to perform lateral launch
inspections, remove the camera module from the crawler and attach the
lateral launch module with the pan-and-tilt lateral camera. Lateral launch
systems can push the lateral camera up to 160 feet and can negotiate branched
laterals with a steering pin. 717/709-1005; www.rauschusa.com.

RIDGID camera and monitor system


The combination of the SeeSnake CS65
Digital Reporting Monitor and SeeSnake Max
rM200A Camera from RIDGID allows inspections to be quickly documented by automatically generating professional multimedia
reports. The CS65 has a 6.5-inch daylight-readable display, integrated water-resistant keyboard, and one-touch image and video
recording to one or two USB drives and the
built-in 1TB hard drive. The internal hard
drive can store 1,000 hours of standard video,
10,000 hours of high-compression video or more than 100,000 photos. It
includes custom text overlay, Phototalk voice annotation and job management. Compact and 18-volt lithium-battery powered, the CS65 docks to the
rM200A for easy storage and wireless transport. The rM200A is capable of
inspecting 1 1/2- to 8-inch pipe with 200 feet of push cable. A bright, selfleveling camera head provides a clear, right-side-up view. 800/769-7743;
www.ridgid.com.

RS Technical Services TranSTAR II and TrakSTAR II


The TrakSTAR II camera and TranSTAR II tractor combo from RS Technical
Services can be used for inspections in 6to 24-inch lines up to 2,000 feet in length.
The camera is a microprocessor-controlled
single-conductor pan/tilt/zoom unit with
built-in ultra-bright, fully adjustable remote-controlled LEDs, programma-

ble pan-and-rotate limits with on-screen instructions, home function, internal pressure and humidity sensors, internal clock with startup counter,
onboard diagnostics and sapphire lens window. At 14 inches in length, the
tractor is a six-wheeled, steerable, all gear-driven transporter equipped with
two 90-watt Rare Earth permanent magnet motors, three forward speeds,
reverse and freewheel for rapid retrieval, tilt-up connector and rear-view
color camera. Optional manual and motorized elevator systems, 512 Hz
pigtail sonde and multiple tire configurations are available. 800/767-1974;
www.rstechserv.com.

Vivax-Metrotech Corp. Type-CP


The Type-CP inspection system from Vivax-Metrotech
Corp. includes a reel that comes with either 200 or 400
feet of pushrod stiff enough for long distances while
flexible enough for easy entry and turns. The 1.8-inch
D46-CP self-leveling camera offers 700x resolution to
inspect 4- to 8-inch pipes. The adjustable Type-B skid
has a range from 8 to 12 inches. It includes the vCam-5
Control Module with an 8-inch color LCD, transmitting
sonde, full-function keyboard, internal microphone, AC/
DC power, rechargeable batteries, distance counter and
camera LED brightness control. It records digitally to
USB thumb drives, SD cards or the internal hard drive. The control module ships ready-to-use with PACP software such as POSM, Wincan and MuniXS.
800/446-3392; www.vivax-metrotech.com.

WATERBLASTING

Jetstream TwinForce
The TwinForce dual-pump 650 hp
waterblast unit from Jetstream allows for
only one vehicle to transport a two-unit
machine. The dual-slave control panel
enables operation of both units at a single location, as well as individual operation of both units at different pressures and speeds, either simultaneously
or as a backup. Higher flow rates are achievable when units are combined. It is built around the efficient and easy-to-use UNx fluid end waterblast system. It functions as a large-capacity 650 hp unit, a single 325 hp
unit with the second unit used as a backup, or as two independently run
units. The versatility provides assistance to any application. 800/231-8192;
www.waterblast.com.

TST Sweden ProOperator Protective Clothing


ProOperator Protective Clothing from TST Sweden AB is available in a version that is CE Certified
according to EN ISO 20471:2013 Class 3 High Visibility. The clothes are comfortable and functional,
and protect from dangerous water jets. They are constructed from strong Dyneema fiber. In addition to
the high-visibility clothes, a short apron, arm protections and a hose protection shroud are available.
www.tst-sweden.com. F

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By Craig Mandli

Modern tech used to cut I&I

Pathogen protection system designed for


jet truck and CCTV operators
Problem:

Problem:
Ten years ago, Taylors (South Carolina) Fire and Sewer District learned
its intergovernmental agreement with Renewable Water Resources required
it to eliminate inflow and infiltration into its 130-mile gravity wastewater
collections system within 15 years. Taylors serves 10,000 customers in central Greenville County, divided into 10 mini-systems. One of those, Mill Hill,
is our main problem area, says Samantha Bartow, director of sewer services. With 1920s-era infrastructure, Mill Hill is a likely culprit in the tremendous rise in flows during heavy rain. Until we do post-work monitoring,
we wont know the total percentage of I&I there, but our nine flow monitors tell us its substantial.

Solution:
In 2008, they switched over to digital equipment, including a Ford F-450
outfitted with a CUES K2 Base Station saved from their old rig; a self-propelled
pan-and-tilt lateral launch system for 6- to 30-inch mainlines and 3- to 8-inch
laterals; and Pipelogix software. They also switched from Access database-generated paper work orders to CityWorks/ArcGIS CMMS digital utilities management software. Data is inputted from the field via iPhone and iPad.
RESULT:
This modern technology allows Taylors to focus CCTV inspection
and reporting efforts where its most effective for I&I reduction. Weve
exceeded our goal of inspecting at least 8 miles of line annually since
2005, Bartow says. 866/299-3150; www.pipelogix.com.

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(CSU) became aware of new
and dangerous pathogens
found in wastewater in a new
study published in m-Bio magazine by the American Society
of Microbiologists. Sewer maintenance crews also expressed
concern over growing reports
of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
and viruses they may come in
contact with and the potential
health consequences to themselves, their families and citizens in the community.

Solution:
Utility management decided
to employ the Vanguard Pathogen Protection System, which
is designed to substantially reduce contaminants in sewage from reaching
equipment operators. An independent environmental company was contracted to field test the system with a CSU crew during standard sewer maintenance operations. Cultures taken from the field showed a reduction of
bacteria colony counts by up to 98 percent. The system is simple and convenient to use right from the operator control panel. It comes with a handheld antibacterial spray gun with 50 feet of retractable hose to clean boots,
gloves, crawlers, tools, vacuum tubes and the work area. OEM and retrofit
systems for jet, combo and CCTV units are available.
RESULT:
By taking a proactive stance for the health and safety of its team,
CSU saw increased worker confidence and morale while working
in a known hazardous environment. Reduction in worker sick days
and insurance costs are currently being assessed. 800/781-3164;
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WITH VISION

he County of Kauai
Department of Water,
charged with the task
of supplying water
across the island of
Kauai, Hawaii, is working to unify
and modernize its water system
under its comprehensive Water Plan
2020. The plan, devised in 2000,
aims to upgrade aging water infrastructure, unite separate water systems and ensure an abundant supply
of quality water for the future on
firm financial footing.

The Kauai water


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these eight.

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of the overall system as poor, notScottAWeld
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Department of
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of asbestos
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with concerns about system capacity,


water supply levels, storage capacity

The department currently operates 11 unconnected water systems


ranging from Haena in the north
to Kekaha in the south. While the
island covers more than 560 square
miles, the water distribution system
covers 68 square miles, primarily
along the islands coast.
The department monitors, operates and maintains 50 deep well
pumping stations, 19 booster pumping stations, four tunnel sources, 58
storage tanks, 75 control valve stations and over 400 miles of pipeline

Lets roLL

Its easier to send a driver

Craig Shirai feeds 1-inch soft


copper pipe through a hole bored
campground,
by the Grundomat horizontal
boring tool from TT Technologies.

ISLAND WATER PROJECTS


BEGIN WITH A BLESSING

the teaM
Lisa and Scott Weld, owners of Bucks
Sanitary Service in Eugene, Ore., have a
sta of 10 an office worker, yard worker,
part-time mechanic and seven drivers.
Lisa works in the office answering phones
and managing the creative and marketing
side while Scott fills in on everything
from ofmanagement
to Eddy,
running
to
Deputy Manager
Engineering Bill
left, routes
pipetter
Jeffery Silva,maintenance.
equipment operator
Corey worked
Silva andon
lead
Five people
the
pipetter Craig Shirai (out of view) work to replace
Oregon
Jamboree
along with
the Welds
copper piping.
(Photography
by Dianne
Reynolds)
and their three children, Maren, 9; Milah,
13; and Sten, 17; who are accustomed to
helping out at events.

larly the thinner material installed


decades ago.

WEBSITE:

(continued)

www.kauaiwater.org

The very day we found out wed


have to move our shop, somebody
came through the door and said,
Do you want to buy Bucks back?
It was really a door closing, door
opening, all in the same day.
Scott Weld
coMpany history

In April 2012, Lisa and Scott Weld


bought Bucks for the second time. Their
first crack at it was in 1995 when Scotts
father heard the 20-year-old business was
having problems. The family made an oer
to the founder and operated it for four
years as an add-on to their trash and septic
The island has uniqueservice
challenges
in securing
its water
business.
In 1999, when
Welds
supply. One side of the father
islandretired,
receives
rain
they 13
soldinches
it to a of
national
solid waste
company.
Weld
went to work
per year, while the other
is the
wettest
location
for that company, then 10 years later tried
on Earth, receiving
455 inches annually.
his hand again at self-employment in the
Bill Eddy
trash
business. A few challenges cropped
up, but they turned out to be fortuitous,
serving approximately 66,000 resisays Lisalenges
Weld.in securing its water supply,
dents. All department revenues are
says Bill Eddy, deputy manager and
derived from water sales.
engineer with the department. One
side of the island receives 13 inches
of rain per year, while the other is
Unique supply challenges
(continued)
the wettest location on Earth,
receivThe island has unique chal(continued)

The Hawaiian island of Kauai is meeting the challenges of its geography,


climate and remote location while revitalizing its aging water system
By Peter Kenter

February 25 - 28, 2013, Indiana Convention Center

Eight times, Sunday through Wednesday, a caravan of three trailers


made the hour-long drive up Interstate 5 from the companys yard to the
Jamboree site to deliver units. Two of their 15-year-old company-built
trailers held 16 units each and a third trailer carried 20 (also company-built,
using an Explorer receiver from McKee Technologies, Inc.). The company
used service vehicles to pull the trailers.
Weld tried a new approach for the removal process. Sunday night
and continuing Monday, the team pumped and moved all units to a single
staging area, which he felt simplified the job. Its easier to send a driver to
pick up toilets if theyre all in one spot, he explains. I probably spent a little
bit extra labor, but at least you dont have to send somebody with a map to
go to this campground, get these six, go to another campground, get these
eight. Then you start leaving sinks behind and the (handicap unit) doesnt
fit. Its just a logistics nightmare trying to get the loads to work out. During
the week, they grabbed units as schedules permitted.
keepin it cLean
Jamboree organizers required someone be on site and available by
radio at all times so Weld, his son and another member of the team stayed in
a motor home at one of the campgrounds.
Venue units were serviced each night from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. At 6:30
a.m. they started in on the campground units, finishing around 9:30 a.m.
During the day, they pumped out 20 RVs and 19 holding tanks 10 at the
two shower facilities and the balance for the food vendors.

and private property, Eddy says.


Access and maintenance has been
a problem with these pipelines.
In-house crews tackle mainline
replacement jobs up to 500 feet in
length. The work is primarily digand-replace.
We have also done several horizontal directional drilling (HDD)
projects using both HDPE and fusible PVC C900, Eddy says. Most
HDD work has been done at stream
crossings, a few of them under emergency conditions when existing pipelines were damaged during severe
winter storms. We did one slipline
job on an old 27-inch steel pipe,
sliplined with 16-inch HDPE.
Outside contractors are engaged
in larger projects, often shipping in
workers and equipment by barge.

department switched from a traditional low bid process to a request


for proposal system. While the major
transition temporarily slowed the
pace at which projects were advertised, the new approach is expected
to provide higher-quality contractors that will assist the department
in remaining on schedule and on
budget.
The department currently has
no leak detection program in place,
because it has found it challenging
to attract qualified technicians to the
island. Kauai has already purchased
SubSurface LD-12 listening devices,
FCS Permaloggers and ZCorr correlators, but currently uses its SCADA
system to detect most large leaks.
Repair crews are split into two
teams, with field crews handling
pipelines and distribution located
along the coast, and plant crews hanSwitching
to
RFPs
^^^ Satellite Industries Tufway restrooms are lined up and ready to go before the
dling
andofstorage
tanks located
During
fiscal year
2011-12,
the strung
Oregon
Jamboree,
complete
with lighting
in wells
the front
the units.

Bill Eddy, deputy manager and engineer,


County of Kauai Department of Water.

Five service vehicles were used: A 2010 Peterbilt 335 and a 2008
International 4300, both built out by Progress Vactruck with 1,500-gallon
waste/500-gallon freshwater aluminum tanks; a 2001 Isuzu FTR from
Workmate/FMI Truck Sales & Service with an 850-gallon waste/350-gallon
freshwater steel tank; and two 2000 International 4700s built out by Lely
Manufacturing Inc. with 750-gallon waste/350-gallon freshwater steel tanks.
All have Masport pumps.
Waste was transported to the companys yard each night and transferred
to a 20,000-gallon tank. From there, another pumping contractor picked up
the waste and disposed of it by land application.
But different
JefferysaMe
Silva (foreground)
and Corey Silva clean caked red Kauai dirt off a
Grundomat
toolan(TT
Inhorizontal
one sense, boring
Weld was
oldTechnologies).
pro at this event, so it was pretty much
business as usual, he says. On the other hand, the size and scope had
changed
significantly
the amazement
years their first
brought in 60
I
watched
with over
some
at year,
the they
number
units for one venue and four campgrounds. That was the most difficult
ofthing
community
meetings that were held by manager
for me, he says. So I had to get my act together. He quickly got his
Ernest
Lau it.
atYouve
the time.
The
community
was
heavily
arms around
got to just
scratch
your head and
kick
it in gear and
go. We in
didnt
stop moving all
weekend.
involved
developing
the
plan, and thats why the plan

has been implemented without much further debate


in financing the projects.
David Craddick
Honolulu are notorious for attacking water infrastructure, the exterior of iron pipe fares well in Kauai,
making ductile iron the replacement
material of choice.

Mains buried deeper


The Kauai team is now burying
new mains deeper than in the past.
Some of the older pipes were buried less than 3 feet deep, and were

now adding 3 feet of cover to the


top of the pipe, Eddy says. Were
enforcing the new standard to see
if it has an effect on breakage.
Sections of older pipelines are
also being aligned with public roads
as they are replaced. From the
1920s to the 1950s, they were typically aligned along the shortest
route, which caused them to be
installed through pastures, forests

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FOCUS: WATER

PLANNING

The rst step in any major construction project undertaken by the


County of Kauai Department of Water is the blessing of the project by
a Hawaiian kahu, a local spiritual leader.
The grounds of the island are sacred in so many ways, says Bill
Eddy, deputy manager with the department. We have a priest or
priestess bless the grounds in any project that involves digging.
Eddy notes that the original Hawaiians didnt possess iron tools and
used wooden or stone tools instead.
Because digging in rm ground was so difcult, they buried their
ancestors in the sand or in caves, he says. When we break ground to
The
very day
we found
out
wedareas
havealong
to move
our shop,
somebody
construct
a pipeline
in the
sandy
the coast,
we sometimes
came come
through
theadoor
you
to buy and
Bucks
across
burialand
site,said,
so weDo
have
thewant
area blessed
ask back?
forgive-It
was really a door closing, door opening, all in the same day. They quickly
ness for disturbing the dead.
jumped at the chance.
Any contact with historic artifacts or burial sites is also overseen
Today
their business
is exclusively
restrooms,
serving
the
by a cultural
monitor, an
archeologicalportable
expert, the
Kauai Burial
Council
100-mile-wide Willamette Valley. Theyve got about 1,500 Satellite Industries
and the State Historic Preservation Division to ensure that any bones
units gray Tufways and Maxims (and a few white ones for weddings, and
of the deceased iwi are treated with care and respect.
green units for their University of Oregon tailgating; quack shacks, they call
At the end of a project, we also hold a dedication ceremony in
them after the Oregon Ducks mascot), several ADA-compliant Freedoms
which we give thanks for
keepingthe
safe,Engineering
Eddy says. Crowd
and wheelchair-accessible
Liberties
anworkers
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waterand
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Water department team


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From left, Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Department of Water Board Chair
Daryl Kaneshiro, County of Kauai Council Chair Jay Furfaro, and project
manager Dustin Moises attend a dedication ceremony for a new 500,000gallon tank in Omao, led by kahu (or pastor) Ipo Kahaunaele.

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Water department team


County of Kauai, Hawaii

FOCUS: WATER

PLANNINGPLANNING
WITH VISION WITH VISION
The Hawaiian island of Kauai is meeting the challenges of its geography,

climate and remote location while revitalizing its aging water system
The Kauai water
By Peter Kenter
department traverses
The department currently operhe County of Kauai
The island has unique challenges in securing its water
a clearDepartment
pathof Water,
toward
ates 11 unconnected water systems
supply. One side of the island receives 13 inches of rain
ranging from Haena in the north
with the task
system ofcharged
revitalization
to Kekaha in the south. While the
supplying water
per year, while the other is the wettest location

across the island of


Kauai, Hawaii, is working to unify
and modernize its water system
under its comprehensive Water Plan
2020. The plan, devised in 2000,
aims to upgrade aging water infrastructure, unite separate water systems and ensure an abundant supply
of quality water for the future on
firm financial footing.

Craig Shirai feeds 1-inch soft


copper pipe through a hole bored
by the Grundomat horizontal
boring tool from TT Technologies.

The Kauai team is now burying


new mains deeper than in the past.
Some of the older pipes were bur
buried less than 3 feet deep, and were

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Bill Eddy

Unique supply challenges


The island has unique chal-

and private property, Eddy says.


Access and maintenance has been
a problem with these pipelines.
In-house crews tackle mainline
replacement jobs up to 500 feet in
length. The work is primarily digand-replace.
horWe have also done several hor
izontal directional drilling (HDD)
projects using both HDPE and fusible PVC C900, Eddy says. Most
HDD work has been done at stream
crossings, a few of them under emer
emergency conditions when existing pipelines were damaged during severe
A newly installed water meter from
winter storms. We did one slipline
Badger Meter.
job on an old 27-inch steel pipe,
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Ductile iron is faring much betOutside contractors are engaged
ter, with occasional pinholes presentin larger projects, often shipping in
ing the worst problems. Eddy notes
that the island is fortunate to pos- workers and equipment by barge.

lenges in securing its water supply,


says Bill Eddy, deputy manager and
engineer with the department. One
side of the island receives 13 inches
of rain per year, while the other is
the wettest location on Earth, receiv(continued)

department switched from a tradi


traditional low bid process to a request
for proposal system. While the major
transition temporarily slowed the
pace at which projects were adver
advertised, the new approach is expected
to provide higher-quality contrac
contractors that will assist the department
in remaining on schedule and on
budget.
The department currently has
no leak detection program in place,
because it has found it challenging

PROFILE:
Department of
Water, County of
Kauai, Hawaii

Mains buried deeper

Sizes: 24" x 30" & 36" x 45"

on Earth, receiving 455 inches annually.


serving approximately 66,000 residents. All department revenues are
derived from water sales.

and the financial needs of the system.


to attract qualified technicians to the
The survey rated the condition
island. Kauai has already purchased
of the overall system as poor, notSubSurface LD-12 listening devices,
ing the deterioration of pipelines
FCS Permaloggers and ZCorr cor
corand mapping a series of vulnerable
relators, but currently uses its SCADA
The rst step in any major construction project undertaken by the
mainlines located in remote areas
system to detect most large leaks.
County of Kauai Department of Water is the blessing of the project by
with poor access that impeded repair
Repair crews are split into two
a Hawaiian kahu, a local spiritual leader.
and maintenance.
teams, with field crews handling
The grounds of the island are sacred in so many ways, says Bill
That study preceded Water Plan
pipelines and distribution located
sess largely neutral soil.
2020, a thorough roadmap to reviEddy, deputy manager with the department. We have a priest or
along the coast, and plant crews han
hanSwitching to RFPs
While aggressive
talizing the water system.
priestess bless the grounds in any project that involves digging.
dling wells and storage tanks located
During fiscal year 2011-12, the
soils in Oahu and
I was the director at the Maui
Eddy notes that the original Hawaiians didnt possess iron tools and
Water Board at the time that Water
used wooden or stone tools instead.
Plan 2020 was being developed, says
Because digging in rm ground was so difcult, they buried their
David Craddick, current manager and
ancestors in the sand or in caves, he says. When we break ground to
Bill Eddy, deputy manager and engineer,
chief engineer at Kauai. I watched
County of Kauai Department of Water.
construct a pipeline in the sandy areas along the coast, we sometimes
with some amazement at the number
of community meetings that were
come across a burial site, so we have the area blessed and ask forgiveheld by manager Ernest Lau at the
ness for disturbing the dead.
time. The community was heavily
Any contact with historic artifacts or burial sites is also overseen
involved in developing the plan, and
by a cultural monitor, an archeological expert, the Kauai Burial Council
YEAR ESTABLISHED:
thats why the plan has been impleand the State Historic Preservation Division to ensure that any bones
1960
mented without much further
of the deceased iwi are treated with care and respect.
debate in financing the projects.
POPULATION SERVED:
At the end of a project, we also hold a dedication ceremony in
To date, $125 million of a pro66,000
which we give thanks for keeping the workers safe, Eddy says.
posed $600 million has been spent
AREA SERVED:
on the program with the department
Improving the water system is considered good work that improves
68 square miles
making good progress on its conthe lives of island residents.
DEPARTMENT STAFF:
struction schedule.
75
Current work involves a continuJeffery Silva (foreground) and Corey Silva clean caked red Kauai dirt off a
INFRASTRUCTURE:
in diameter for those lines serving
ing 455 inches annually. This is also
ing emphasis
on replacing
pipelines.
Grundomat
horizontal
boring tool
(TT Technologies).
400 miles of water mains
just a few customers on isolated
the oldest of the main Hawaiian
Each of the old pipe materials
routes to 24-inch mains. The distriislands and the most eroded. Fresh
continues to display its own weakANNUAL DEPARTMENT
bution system is comprised of every- Iness,
rock is more permeable, but old
notes Eddy.
Were
seeing
failwatched
with
some
amazement
at the number
BUDGET:
thing from galvanized steel to
rock doesnt offer good geology for
in the joints and rubber gaskets
Operating,
million;
of ures
community
meetings that were
held by$25.4
manager
capital, $26.2 million (2013)
asbestos cement, cast iron, ductile
wells, so we still need to practice
of asbestos cement pipe that have
atofthe
time.
was heavily
iron, concrete cylinder and PVC. Ernest
water conservation despite the heavy
causedLau
us a lot
trouble.
CastThe
iron community
ASSOCIATIONS:
Pipes range in age from brand new
rainfall in parts of the island. Our
lines become
brittle and are
subject
involved
in developing
the
plan, and
thats Water
why the
plan
American
Works
up to 90 years old.
water supply relies 85 percent on
full circle cracks, often due to
Association,
Hawaii
Water
hastobeen
implemented without much
further
debate
A thorough survey of the system
groundwater and 15 percent on surtree roots or ground shifts. PVC
Works Association, National
in financing
Rural Water Association
conducted in the late 1990s revealed
face water.
reaching the end
of its service the
life projects.
deficiencies in pipe condition, along
Water is pumped into storage
is subject to lateral cracks,
particuDavid
Craddick WEBSITE:
with concerns about system capacity,
tanks, then transmitted through a
larly the thinner material installed
www.kauaiwater.org
water supply levels, storage capacity
pipe system ranging from 3/4 inches
decades
ago.
now adding 3 feet of cover to the
Honolulu
are notorious
for attacktop of the pipe, Eddy says. (continued)
Were
ing water infrastructure, the exte-

ISLAND WATER PROJECTS


BEGIN WITH A BLESSING

rior of iron pipe fares well in Kauai,


making ductile iron the replacement
material of choice.

Reprinted with permission from PRO / February 2013 / 2013, COLE Publishing Inc., P.O. Box 220, Three Lakes, WI 54562 / 800-257-7222 / www.promonthly.com

island
PAGE
18covers more than 560 square
miles, the water distribution system
covers 68 square miles, primarily
along the islands coast.
The department monitors, operates and maintains 50 deep well
pumping stations, 19 booster pumping stations, four tunnel sources, 58
storage tanks, 75 control valve stations and over 400 miles of pipeline

From left, Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Department of Water Board Chair
Daryl Kaneshiro, County of Kauai Council Chair Jay Furfaro, and project
manager Dustin Moises attend a dedication ceremony for a new 500,000gallon tank in Omao, led by kahu (or pastor) Ipo Kahaunaele.

enforcing the new standard to see


if it has an effect on breakage.
Sections of older pipelines are
also being aligned with public roads
as they are replaced. From the
1920s to the 1950s, they were typically aligned along the shortest
route, which caused them to be
installed through pastures, forests

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Snap-On adds educational program

Snap-On added the Tools at Height tool-drop prevention certification


to its technical education program. The focus of the two-day course is to
develop good safety habits when working at heights greater than 6 feet, and
competency in using tethered tools.

GPS Insight, Hydra-Flex recognized for


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DeZURIK releases valve selection guide

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Available on the companys website, www.dezurik.com, the Knife Gate Valve
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Juniper Systems names CEO

Rob Campbell stepped down as CEO of Juniper Systems after 14 years


to become president of Campbell Scientific. DeVon Labrum, who served
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expanded its partnership with The Home Depot to supply the chain store
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Stantec to acquire engineering firm

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with the planned acquisition of Fay, Spofford & Thorndike (FST), a 280-person engineering, planning and environmental firm based in Burlington,
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DECEMBER 2015

Product
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December 2015

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By Luke LeNoble

he VEX400 battery-powered
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features variable-torque control ranging from 75 to 400 ft-lbs.
The tool is collapsible for easy
storage and transportation, and
can reach valves 8 to 108
inches underground.
Its the first battery-powered tool designed for valve
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If your vehicle is so-equipped with an inverter you can charge batteries on the fly, and it does come with three batteries, so you can effectively charge those up in the afternoon or the evening and those would
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Accessories include a wheel-controlled valve adapter and hydrant
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While valve exercising is necessary for making sure a water system
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People are finding this tool so effective that they are moving it now
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shutdowns, isolations, testing, anytime a valve needs to be used.
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Geophysical Survey Systems (GSSI) updated its UtilityScan groundpenetrating radar system to include 3-D data collection and playback mode
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deep targets. New software features enable the user to input colored markers while using a GPS unit to aid in subsurface target classification. 800/5243011; www.geophysical.com.

2Water Cannon foam injector

The foam injector from Water Cannon is designed for light- to heavyduty pressure washing. It delivers up to 5,000 psi with a maximum flow of 5.3
gpm. The foam injector operates with cold or hot water (up to 140 degrees
F) pressure washers and delivers a spray pattern that ranges from a straight
stream to a 50-degree angle. 800/333-9274; www.watercannon.com.

3Sensaphone remote monitoring system

The Sentinal PRO remote monitoring system from Sensaphone supports the Modbus communications protocol (RTU/485 and TCP) and
includes a second relay output. The system monitors, delivers alarms and
data logs input/output points from third-party Modbus sensors, transducers and programmable logic controllers. Alerts are sent via phone, email
or text. Data values can be viewed in real time via www.sensaphone.net or
the Sensaphone iPhone/Android app. 877/373-2700; www.sensaphone.com.

4Vactor Manufacturing HXXpose Nozzle

The HXXpose Nozzle from Vactor Manufacturing is designed for


hydroexcavation applications and is compatible with the companys line of
vacuum excavators as well as other makes and models. It produces a zerodegree stream of water and is rated for pressures up to 3,200 psi, providing
an 18-degree cone of coverage. It features tungsten carbide internals, a 1/2inch, corrosion-resistant FNPT stainless steel casing, and a urethane outer

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www.vactor.com.

5WAGO fuse and disconnect terminal blocks

The TOPJOB fuse and disconnect terminal block from WAGO


Corporation is a pivot-style terminal block in a three-conductor variant
that allows a second conductor to be connected on the field side. 800/3467245; www.wago.us.

MyTana high-speed cutter

The HSC1 high-speed cutter from MyTana delivers low torque power
for reinstatement, descaling, cutting, overshoot cleanup, collapsed liner
removal and root cutting. Features include an air-actuated foot switch with
guard, GFI protection and telescoping handle for maneuverability. The
machine operates at 1,750 rpm. It is suitable for 2- to 6-inch pipes and has
a 70-foot range. 800/328-8170; www.mytana.com.

9Honda dual-stage snowblowers

The HSS Series of premium two-stage snowblowers from Honda


Power Equipment feature fingertip steering, hydrostatic transmission, joystick electric chute control, electric start, increased blower diameter, chamfered scraper bar, LED headlight, 14-inch wheels, auger protection system, hour meter, impeller shield and reversible skid shoes. 678/339-2600;
www.powerequipment.honda.com.

Trenchless Equipment Sidewalker


piercing tool
10HammerHead

The Sidewalker piercing tool from HammerHead Trenchless Equipment is designed for installing short utility runs beneath landscaping, driveways and sidewalks. Upgrades to the 2 1/2-inch and 3-inch models have
increased efficiencies in design and pneumatics, including the quarter-turn
Power Port Reverse feature, which boosts impact power by up to 25 percent. The 3-inch Sidewalker has a uniform profile along its entire length,
increasing striker size. 800/331-6653; www.hammerheadtrenchless.com.

7Trimble pocket-sized GNSS receiver

11Aclara Synergize RF network solution

8COXREELS Hose Strain Relief Kit

12Exact Pipe Tools ventilation pipe cutter

The R1 pocket-sized global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver


from Trimble provides submeter precision to any Bluetooth-connected
mobile device, including smartphones, tablets and a Trimble hand-held
computer. The receiver supports multiple GNSS constellations (GPS,
GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou) and can utilize satellite-based augmentation services, Trimble ViewPoint RTX or virtual reference station correction sources. 800/234-3458; www.trimble.com.

The Hose Strain Relief Kit from COXREELS protects hose fittings
and connections from damage by providing strain relief when the hose is
fully extended. The accessory is available for hand-crank and motorized
reels with hoses between 1/2 and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Existing
COXREELS hand-crank and motorized reels can be modified to accommodate the kit. 800/269-7335; www.coxreels.com.

The Synergize network from Aclara is a fully integrated solution


for gas, water and electric utilities to understand and quickly respond to
issues with their distribution networks. The Synergize RF electric network
is cost-effective and offers features designed to optimize utilities capital
and operating savings through improved range, lower latency and better
read rates. 800/297-2728; www.aclaratech.com.

The PipeCut V1000 spiral-duct ventilation pipe cutter from Exact


Pipe Tools cuts thin steel, stainless steel and aluminum pipes up to 40 inches
in diameter with a wall thickness up to 0.23 inches. Weighing 13 pounds,
the saw uses Cemet V155 blades. A battery-operated model will soon be
available. 844/392-2800; www.exacttools.com. F

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WORTH NOTING
PEOPLE/AWARDS
Red Barn Consulting received the Clean Water Award from the Cumberland County Conservation District (Pennsylvania) for its work to minimize adverse impacts to water quality in the county. Red Barn Consulting
has consistently submitted quality plans to deal with stormwater and runoff, including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System applications and post-construction stormwater plans.
The Eloise T. Leveritt Public Works Building Project in Decatur, Georgia, was named a 2015 Public Works Project of the Year by the American
Public Works Association. The team of winners included the City of Decatur as the managing agency; Hogan Construction Group as the primary
contractor; and Stevens & Wilkinson as the primary consultant. The project was honored in the Structures Category: More Than $5 Million but
Less Than $25 Million.
Kent Nichols, vice president of Weston & Sampson in Peabody, was
elected to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Coalition for Water
Resources Stewardship. He has worked for Weston & Sampson for more
than 30 years and has more than 25 years of water, wastewater and stormwater management and engineering experience. As practice leader for
Weston & Sampsons NPDES-related work for wastewater treatment and
stormwater discharges, Nichols has strong experience with EPA regulatory policies, and helps clients plan to meet the changing regulatory climate for water-quality projects.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
American Public Works Association
The APWA is offering a Measuring the Total Value of Your Public
Works Investment seminar via audio/web broadcast on Jan. 21. Visit
www.apwa.net.

American Society of Civil Engineers


The ASCE is offering:
Jan. 7 Pumping Systems Design for Civil Engineers,
Charleston, South Carolina
Feb. 3 Curve Number and Vegetative Techniques to Manage
Stormwater Runoff Sustainably, online
Feb. 19 The Importance of Adequate Construction Oversight
for Stormwater BMPs and Stream Restoration: Examples of the
Pitfalls of Limited Oversight Budget, online
Feb. 25 Project Management, Lombard, Illinois
March 2 Cold-Weather Stormwater BMPs That Work, online
March 10 Pumping Systems Design for Civil Engineers,
St. Louis, Missouri
Visit www.asce.org.

Wisconsin
The University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering-Professional Development is offering Using WinSLAMM v.10.2: Meeting Urban
Stormwater Management Goals R324 on May 5-6 in Madison. Visit www.
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CALENDAR
Feb. 14-17
American Society of Civil Engineers Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress 2016, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona. Visit www.asce.org.
Feb. 25-26
Activated Carbon Conference, Orlando, Florida. Visit www.pacslabs.com.
April 25-27
American Water Resources Association Spring Conference, Sheraton Anchorage,
Anchorage, Alaska. Visit www.awra.org.
May 23-26
National Utility Contractors Association Annual Washington Summit, Embassy
Suites Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Visit www.nuca.com.
June 20-22
American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition, McCormick
Place, Chicago. Visit www.awwa.org.
July 11-13
American Water Resources Association Summer Specialty Conference: GIS and Water
Resources, Hilton Sacramento Arden West, Sacramento, California. Visit www.awra.org.
July 17-20
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 2016 Annual International
Meeting, Orlando, Florida. Visit www.asabe.org.
Aug. 22-24
StormCon, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. Visit www.stormcon.com.
Aug. 28-31
American Public Works Association International Public Works Congress and Exposition, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis. Visit www.apwa.net.

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