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Delawares New Castle County finds a balance between investment


and savings as it bolsters collections system performance.
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WATER: Meters

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moving Scottsdales metering program into the future.
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COLUMNS

FROM THE EDITOR: Every

Day Presents Opportunity

Make sure you dont look back and regret not working harder,
or learning more, or finding a better way.
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JETTER AND CABLE MACHINE COMPANY DIRECTORY


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ake the most of your opportunities. Grab ahold of the moment.


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later. Ed was the editor of Plumber magazine, and he handled all the
industry and product news in this publication.
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Its easy to look at your


job and think you can
put something off until
tomorrow, but what if
you dont get tomorrow?
Do you want your last day
to be spent making
excuses, ducking the
difficult tasks until a
better opportunity comes
along, or do you want
to get the job done?

Its easy to look at life and


think you still have a long way
to go. Im 42 years old, past the
halfway point of the average
American males life expectancy. Thats a harsh realization. If I dropped dead today,
most of my goals and dreams
would go unfulfilled. But I was
fortunate enough to wake up
today, and therein lies opportunity. Its easy to look at your
job and think you can put
something off until tomorrow,
but what if you dont get tomorrow? Do you want your last day
to be spent making excuses,
ducking the difficult tasks until
a better opportunity comes along, or do you want to get the job done?
Thankfully, opportunity is the yin to deaths yang. But unlike its fatal
cousin, you have to seek it. You have to find it and take advantage of it,
but its out there.
Recognizing opportunity and acting on it is the key to success. But I
think its also one of the keys to life. You cant just sit around waiting for
tomorrow, waiting for something to be given to you, for another chance
or better weather or some divine guidance. Every day presents a new
opportunity and its on you to make the most of it. And while there may
not be anything profound in that statement, its one of the greatest
truths.
You never know which call or idea might transform your utility. Transformative moments are never scripted. If you treat every job and every
day like its the most important, youll be able to take advantage and
reap the rewards when it is. Maybe more importantly, if that big break
never comes and you still keep working like its just around the corner,
youll be respected. Youll be an everyday hero to all the people youve
helped. And thats the kind of success you can be proud of when you
look back.
So embrace each day, and take full advantage of the opportunity it
presents. You never know when it could end, or where it might lead.
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New Castle County collections crew


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STRETCHING
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FURTHER

Delawares New Castle County finds a balance between


investment and savings as it bolsters collections system performance
By Kyle Rogers

POPULATION:

n the late 1980s, New Castle County, Delaware, moved away from a reactive approach
to its sewer maintenance. But it took another
two decades, as well as a mandate from the EPA
and state regulators to rehab the oldest portion
of the collections system to combat chronic SSOs,
before those efforts really took off.
Now, SSOs are way down (about 82 percent
from the numbers a decade ago) and the utility
continues to make gains. Keys have been investing in new technologies even when equipment budgets are tight and effectively striking
a balance between in-house and contracted work.
With any change in our maintenance programs we want to do two things: save money and
increase system performance, says Rob Roff, operations services manager for the Environmental
Operations Division, which heads up collections
system maintenance.
Constantly trying to meet those two objectives
has allowed the utility to not just avoid a reactive
mentality, but also fully embrace the idea of taking a proactive approach. Important, says Roff,

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New Castle County,
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because getting on top of todays collections system issues doesnt mean New Castle Countys work
is over. The utility must anticipate future issues.
It just never stops, he says.

A multifaceted approach
Delaware is one of the smallest states in the
country and is made up of only three counties.
That doesnt mean the utility of New Castle County
has it easy though. Of those three counties, it is
the most populous with 550,000 people. The utility maintains a 1,700-mile collections system with
169 pump stations and 44,000 manholes. Pipe
ranges from 6 to 84 inches in diameter. A team
of 54, including Roff and superintendent Bob
Richardson, make up the division that maintains
the gravity collections system.
The sewer maintenance philosophy was reactive for many years, but the utility began taking
a more proactive approach in the late 1980s. The
first initiative was a regular cleaning program.
We had a large investment in equipment
and people to make that happen, Roff says. We

550,000

EMPLOYEES:

54

INFRASTRUCTURE:

1,700 miles of pipe ranging from 6 to


84 inches; 169 pump stations; 44,000
manholes
ANNUAL BUDGET:

$7.8 million
WEBSITE:

www.nccde.org

Even though weve had to absorb a


flat budget, the goal is still to get
positive results, so a focus has been
improvements in technology all the
way down to nozzle technology.
Rob Roff
took the system and cut it into 400 service areas
and assigned them a cleaning frequency, anywhere from six months to five years. That dra(continued)

With any change in our maintenance programs we want to


do two things: save money and increase system performance.
Rob Roff
matically changed the way we did business, but
it also moved things in the right direction as far
as system performance.
The cleaning program was a step in the right
direction, but it wasnt enough. New Castle
County suffered from SSOs, particularly in the
northernmost and oldest part of its system. A mandate from regulators came down
around 2007 to rehab that area (known as the
Brandywine Hundred) and lower the number
of SSOs. The order included cleaning a minimum of 500 miles of pipe per year, launching
dedicated chemical root control and trunkline
maintenance programs, and developing a more
enhanced CCTV inspection program.
The new initiatives have helped. In 2008, not
long after the programs were put into place, there
were 89 SSOs. In 2015 there were 16.

Stretching resources
Much of the work associated with the mandated programs is contracted out. For example,
Dukes Root Control handles the chemical root
control program for New Castle County. Roff says
its been a challenge smoothly integrating that
work alongside the utilitys in-house programs.
Its a big enough challenge coordinating a
preventive maintenance cleaning program and
we now have almost 1,000 different sewer sheds
we clean but then you throw in things like a
root control program, and we have to track all
that work too and make sure people dont end
up in the same place on the same day. Theres a
lot of coordination, Roff says.
The utilitys Cityworks software has helped on
that front. But having outside contractors involved
has also maximized all the in-house cleaning efforts.

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For example, our crews


used to go into different neighborhoods and mechanically
root cut an average of once a
year, Roff says. After we
brought on the dedicated
chemical root control program
and put those neighborhoods
into it, we were able to take the
crews that would root cut for
Top left: Al Toto monitors water pressure and flow from a Vactor
days on end and move them
jetting truck while flushing a sewer main. Above: Camera
operators Kwamane Finch (left) and Gary Guillotte prepare to
to different parts of the system
send a camera down to inspect a sewer line.
we were perhaps having a hard
time getting to so we could stay
on schedule with our cleaning.
ies New Castle County has done with the SL-RAT
(Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool) from InfoStretching resources as much as possible has
Sense for the past year. In previous years, the utilbeen important because despite all the various proity would clean every inch of a sewer shed as it
grams in place, funding has been limited. In 2008,
came up on the schedule. Whats been learned
the sewer maintenance divisions operating budget
though, Roff says, is that some portions of pipe
was increased in order to absorb the new programs.
in a sewer shed may not even need a cleaning
The intent of government officials was to gradually
when its turn comes up. The utility is exploring
allocate even more funds to those programs in the
how to use the SL-RAT ahead of a cleaning cycle
following years, but that never materialized, Roff
in order to eliminate cleaning some lines and
says. Budgets have stayed flat.
ultimately cover more ground more effectively.
Were always looking at saving money and
So far were seeing positive results and realstretching resources further, he says. The chemizing that we could save a lot of time by not cleanical root control program is a good example of
ing every line, Roff says. Its about 25 percent
that because it frees up our in-house cleaning crews
that doesnt have to be cleaned in older systems,
to go into other areas and help keep the cleaning
to as high as 50 or 60 percent in newer systems.
schedule on track, but theres also been a dramatic
The question is how do we incorporate this and
drop in root-related SSOs and mainline stoppages.
calculate the savings. Weve overcome a big hurIf were going to the same neighborhood every
dle with the EPA and our state regulator. They
year to root cut and now all of a sudden we dont
now view the SL-RAT analysis as contributing to
have to go to that neighborhood except every three
our 500-miles-per-year cleaning requirement.
to four years, thats dramatically changing the landWeve proven to them that the pipe is free-flowscape of how we do business.
ing. Well probably still stick with actually cleanAnother example is the series of pilot stud(continued)

Camera operator Gary Guillotte runs an inspection from the control room of the CUES-equipped CCTV van using Cobra Touch software.

ing 500 miles a year, but with the SL-RAT


evaluation well be reaching more of the overall
collections system. Again, its about stretching
our in-house resources further.

Tech investment
Bringing in new tools and technology like
the SL-RAT is another key component to New
Castle Countys attempts to maximize results with

existing resources.
Even though weve had to absorb a relatively
flat budget, the goal is still to get positive results,
so a focus has been improvements in technology
all the way down to nozzle technology, Roff says.
To that end, the utility has started to invest
more in anti-blowback nozzles from Enz USA.
We were hesitant at first when we heard about
them, but the more we read up on them, it seemed

BRANDYWINE REHAB
PLAYS IMPORTANT ROLE
Cleaning cant cure all ills. New Castle Countys aggressive sewer
maintenance program has been complemented over the last decade by the
Brandywine Hundred Sewer Rehabilitation project.
The Brandywine rehab is part of the original state order that some of
our maintenance programs are under, but all that work is under the
engineering division, says Rob Roff, operations services manager for the
Environmental Operations Division. Its been a very aggressive evaluation
and rehab of the upper collections system.
That upper area of New Castle County, the Brandywine Hundred, is
home to the countys oldest underground infrastructure, much of it
deteriorating vitrified clay contributing a lot of I&I to the collections
system. Phase One, which wrapped up in 2014, focused on the most critical
areas. A second phase is currently underway taking care of areas not in as

like it might work, Richardson says. We bought


one nozzle and took it to an area notorious for
blowbacks. After using that nozzle we didnt have
one blowback or complaint. Now were investing
more in them.
Roff notes that its a major investment, but
the payoff is huge because nobody likes to take
phone calls about blowbacks.
Service to the customer comes first, he says.

dire a need for repair but still contributing measurable I&I to the system.
Theres been a lot of trenchless technology used when possible such
as pipe lining, and some replacement as needed for capacity or structural
reasons, Roff says. As that program has gone forward in the last 10 years,
the system performance has gotten better, which benefits us maintenancewise. Now that there are lined pipes up there, weve been able to switch
the cleaning frequencies of those neighborhoods. Where we used to go in
once a year to prevent issues, weve been able to flip to cleaning every
three years. The Brandywine rehab is separate as far as whats done in our
division, but it all benefits us in the end. It all works together.
That trickle-down benefit from pipe rehab to maintenance will
continue in New Castle County.
A fair amount of pipe has been addressed as part of Brandywine, but
there are other parts of the system getting older, says Roff. It will be
important to stay on top of things and keep up our system performance,
whether thats through regular maintenance or rehab.

Every time new development happens it changes the characteristics of


your system. I think thats where we need to try to get ahead of the game.
We at least have to have a system in place to keep it in check.
Rob Roff
I think sometimes equipment operators tend to
have a favorite nozzle. Its gotten them out of a
jam in the past maybe and they would probably
sleep with it under their pillow if they could. But
were trying to get out of that mentality of using
one nozzle for all our cleaning and embracing
newer ones that have more specific uses.
A limited budget makes equipment upgrades a
challenge. For New Castle County, it isnt about one
large investment, but rather smaller ones over time.
Its just a matter of prioritizing purchases,
and we do a lot of phasing in, Roff says. We
started with one Enz nozzle to see how it would
work and got very good results. We cant outfit
all our people in one year, so you just have to
decide where youre going to spend the money.
We do the phase-in approach and buy a certain
amount of nozzles each year.

opening. Every time new development happens


it changes the characteristics of your system. I
think thats where we need to try to get ahead of
the game. We at least have to have a system in
place to keep it in check.
As they have been up to this point in all of

New Castle Countys proactive sewer maintenance


efforts, the answers to the FOG problem will likely
be driven by a combination of both savings and
system performance.
The goal is to not have a mainline stoppage or
SSO because of grease, but its also to limit resources
to accomplish that, Roff says. I feel like we need
to take a hard look at it and apply the same philosophies weve had in the past: What are we doing
wrong and what can we do better? Then hopefully
in a couple years well see a return on that. F

A foggy future
The next major issue Roff anticipates taking
on is FOG. Currently, his division maintains a list
of hot spots that receive regular cleanings. CCTV
inspections have helped gauge the rate of buildup
in those areas, and action is taken accordingly,
whether that means more frequent cleanings or
fixing the underlying problem, such as a pipe sag.
Grease additives are used in the sewer jetter trucks,
and grease-eating bacteria are used in about 70
drop sites throughout the county. Still, Roff says
its an issue New Castle County needs to get ahead
on.
We still have a fair amount of development
in New Castle County, he says. Our largest mall
just had an expansion. Restaurants are always

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THE HUMAN SIDE

BRIDGING THE
GENERATION GAP
From baby boomers to Generation Y, a mix of generations can create
workplace tensions as well as opportunities
By Ken Wysocky

We invite readers to offer


ideas for this regular column,
designed to help municipal and
utility managers deal with day-today people issues like motivation,
team building, recognition and
interpersonal relationships.
Feel free to share your secrets
for building and maintaining a
cohesive, productive team. Or
ask a question about a specific
issue on which you would like
advice. Call editor Luke Laggis
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it dont pretend that these issues dont exist, she explains. You need
to get things out in the open and talk about them. Give each group
opportunities to shine. Proactively talk about their differences so theyre
not hidden away and people only whisper about them in break rooms.
One key to breaking down barriers is understanding why employees from
various generations have different preferences for things, such as communication methods. Truth be told, the more efficient a method of communication is (texting for example), the less effective it can be. A text or email, for
instance, is fast, but it can sound blunt even though the sender didnt intend
to be blunt, says Brownlee. And conversely, the more effective the mode of
communication, the less efficient it is (such as more time-consuming face-toface meetings), though the content is generally richer, she notes.
Furthermore, younger employees who arent used to verbal communication often associate a visit from a manager for a face-to-face talk as an
escalation of an issue, when in fact its just the manYoure always better off with a more diverse team working on a project.
agers preferred method of communicating. NoneIt just requires more communication and a more proactive approach to
theless, since people typically default to their
ensure everyone can work together harmoniously.
preferred method of communicating, it helps to
Dana Brownlee
understand not only what communication methods employees prefer, but why they prefer them. That creates context, which
employees want the kinds of perks like flexible work schedules and quick
helps avoid misunderstandings, she notes.
promotions that older workers earned only after years on the job, which
Relationship-building is also important because weak relationships probreeds resentment and its close cousin, jealousy.
mote weak communication. To foster such relationships, managers should
In addition, general stereotypes commonly held by each of these
proactively break up cliques and put employees from different generations
cohorts millennials are self-entitled and technology-obsessed, for
on the same teams, starting with non-work-related projects, such as a team
instance, while boomers are stubbornly resistant to change and unwilllunch or a birthday celebration. If you promote relationships between peoing to learn new things add even more fuel to the fire. As such, its no
ple who dont normally interact, they develop a more comfortable cocoon
wonder that managers these days often feel like interpreters on the conwhere they can ask questions and be more honest about things, Brownlee
struction site of the Tower of Babel, toiling to calm this roiling mass of
points out. Then the barriers start to come down.
conflicting languages (perceptions, miscommunications and work styles)
Its also important for employees to fully understand the unspoken
and get everyone working together toward common goals.
expectations and protocols that make up the corporate cultures in which
A lot of companies and organizations are struggling with this, says Dana
they work. That could include everything from how employees dress to
Brownlee, the owner of Professionalism Matters (www.professionalism
never talking to your bosss boss about problems until youve first spoken
matters.com), a corporate-training consulting firm. Its all about different
to your boss, Brownlee says. As an example, maybe you develop ground
perspectives and paradigms that tend to create disconnects.
rules for meetings, she suggests. No meetings on Fridays after noon and
So does fixing these generation gaps fall under the category of mission
any meeting longer than two hours must include food. Meetings longer
impossible? Not at all, says Brownlee, who has more than 20 years of corthan three hours need to also include beer.
porate-training experience. The main thing I suggest is dont hide from

ts not uncommon these days for workplaces to include three distinct generations of employees rubbing elbows in cubicles, offices and meeting
rooms nationwide: baby boomers (born from 1948 to 1963), Generation
Xers (1964 to 1978) and Generation Yers (also known as millennials, 1979 to
1991). As if this unprecedented mix of age groups isnt enough, the next cohort
already dubbed Generation Z is preparing to enter the workforce, too.
The upshot of this mosh pit of generations is very disparate views on
communication styles, workplace protocols, life/work balance, best-management practices and a host of other issues fraught with potential for tension and misunderstandings. Some employees favor old-fashioned face-to-face
meetings to communicate, while others shun them in favor of texts and
emails, for example. Older workers usually prefer following well-established
chain-of-command hierarchies, while younger ones have no problem with
going directly to their managers supervisor for help. In other cases, younger

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Other examples can include avoiding the use of all capital letters or
exclamation points in emails or asking for permission to take a day off at
least three days in advance. Try to steer people toward behaviors that are
more palatable to everyone, she advises. Any time you can be more explicit
about expectations, it removes the potential for tension and conflict.
For older employees, job training can ease fears and anxiety about new
technologies and ideas. Thats helpful in instances where theres a generational divide in how employees work to achieve the same goal. For example, a team assigned to perform customer surveys may be split between
younger employees who prefer to use newer tools, such as SurveyMonkey,
and older employees whod rather stick with focus groups. Theres a good
chance the older employees will shut down because theyre now moving
into a space where they no longer feel comfortable, she observes. That
can be a big deal a huge barrier.
But in the end, a multi-generational workplace doesnt always have to
be a hotbed of dissent. In fact, diverse perspectives and viewpoints can make
organizations stronger. Sure, its easier to manage a homogenous group,
Brownlee explains. But that doesnt mean youll get the best product or
service. Youre always better off with a more diverse team working on a project. It just requires more communication and a more proactive approach
to ensure everyone can work together harmoniously.
In addition, older employees can provide younger, less-experienced
employees with valuable perspectives and insights about how the industries
in which they work have changed over the years, or how customer bases have
evolved. They can also offer advice about the best ways to successfully approach
various employees about assorted issues. Conversely, younger employees can
help older workers feel more comfortable with new technologies and ideas.
Theres tons of information to share on either end of the generational spectrum, Brownlee says. In most cases, diversity is a great thing. F
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TECH CLOSE-UP
TECH CLOSE UP

WORKING AT
MAXIMUM DEPTH
Polston Applied Technologies adds downhole pumping capability
to a combination truck designed for especially big and tough cleaning jobs
By Ted J. Rulseh

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ombination trucks are reliable workhorses used for years in wastewater tank and pipe cleaning. Still, some big jobs call for more
capability than jetting and vacuum can deliver.
Polston Applied Technologies has developed what it calls Combination3
(as in cubed) technology for such applications. Besides jetting and
vacuum, the Model PAT 934 truck carries downhole pumping capability.
The truck is designed as a stand-alone cleaning system for large-diameter pipe, digesters, grit chambers, lift stations, ponds, lagoons, and other
potentially hard-to-clean facilities. Built on a Western Star 4900 chassis, it
delivers up to 470 hp and a 4,500 cfm Roots blower with cyclone.
One Hammelmann water pump
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125 gpm. The self-retracting
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feet of high-pressure hose; the
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6-inch hydraulic submersible downhole pump (PAT) can move up to
1,800 gpm. The trucks hydraulic
knuckle-boom crane rotates 180
degrees to enable cleaning in hardto-reach places.
The company offers the truck as
a service and not for sale. Denver
Stutler, Polston CEO, talked about
the technology in an interview with
Municipal Sewer & Water.

What is the basic advantage of


this technology?
Stutler: To the traditional jetter
and vacuum we add the downhole system, which makes us like a dredge on
wheels. For large treatment plants in the range of 10 to 20 mgd, its a threein-one tool, like a Swiss Army knife. It provides on a single chassis all the tools
needed and the ability to clean systems while they remain in operation. Having one truck that can perform multiple functions reduces mobilization and
demobilization, and limits the amount of equipment on site. It makes big
jobs simpler.

The model PAT 934 jet/vac truck from Polston Applied Technologies features

How does the downhole pumping


contribute to the performance of this
truck?
Stutler: Vacuum technology
involves only suction of the water.
You can only suck one atmosphere.
If you are trying to vacuum water
and sand, the vacuum is going to
pick up the water, because its
lighter, and its going to fill the tank
with water before it fills with sand.
Our experience shows that a slurry
can be pumped faster than it can
be vacuumed in most cases. In fact,
when we deploy the downhole
pump, we can move material up to
10 times faster than a vacuum.

What market challenges were you


Can you give a practical example
Combination3 technology for downhole pumping and difficult cleaning jobs.
aiming to address in developing this
of how this system works?
technology?
Stutler: Lets consider pipe. Theres a million miles of wastewater
Stutler: We saw wet environments that were being cleaned inefficiently
collection pipe in the United States, and 8 to 10 percent of that is largewith equipment that wasnt built for the task. We addressed problems that
diameter pipe, 36 inches and above. The debris in those pipes is submerged.
until now did not have truly viable solutions. For example, there are thouWe can clean those pipes while the water is still in them, without bypassing
sands of rural wastewater treatment plants that can never shut down. Our
the system. We put our high-pressure jets under the water and push the
technology can perform in surcharged conditions, allowing the facilities to
debris to a manhole. Then we put our downhole pump on top of the debris
remain online during cleaning, and with no need for bypass pumping. That
and pump it to the surface as a slurry. Were not pulling it to the truck as
saves time and money. We also restore the capacity of those facilities and
with vacuum. Were pushing it to the truck. Then our process separates
extend the life of their structures.
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How does the sound level of this equipment compare with other technologies?
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without even one noise complaint.
How does this vehicle serve large facilities that require significant reach?
Stutler: We have a dripless extending tube system that has up to 34 feet
of reach. We found after doing considerable analysis that the reach we have
accommodates a large percentage of the market we serve. However, we are
looking at even longer reaches.
What has your company done to raise awareness of this technology?
Stutler: We built our first prototype in 2012, and in 2013 we did a seeing is believing tour featuring demonstrations. We started a service company proving the technology worked. Weve had to roll up our sleeves and
show that we can perform. In 2014, we strengthened and expanded our
organization, built another truck, and began doing actual work and solving problems. Our reputation grew by word-of-mouth.
Looking ahead, where do you see your company focusing to achieve growth?
Stutler: Were focused on applications where vacuum alone is not able
to perform successfully. We dont profess to be a panacea. We profess to solve
specific problems that others traditionally have not solved. The market appears
to have embraced our vision, because our trucks are constantly busy. F

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FOCUS: WATER

Scottsdale Water crew member John Flores


installs a new 8-inch valve near Sahuaro
Drive and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in
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pdating 89,000 meters across a large service area with extremely variable terrain
isnt a simple task.
The City of Scottsdale, Arizonas municipal
water utility, Scottsdale Water, is working hard
to get its automated metering system program
on track for success. The program needs to select
meters that work effectively, provide predictable savings and ensure that meter-reading staff
can make the transition, says Ken Rock, water
distribution manager.
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PROFILE:
Scottsdale Water,
Scottsdale, Arizona

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groundwater. The citys 23 golf courses are supplied with raw and recycled water.
Customers depend on more than 2,100 miles
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Covering 185 square miles is a lot


for a city of 220,000. Our lowest
customer is at 188 feet above sea level,
while the highest customers are
more than half a mile higher.

Scottsdale Water crew members John


Flores (left) and Oscar Gonzalez help
expose a water main for the installation
of a new valve.

Ken Rock

Kim Little of CSW


Contractors (left)
discusses work on a
24-inch water main
with Scottsdale Water
Distribution Manager
Ken Rock.

The system is relatively young, with the majority


of pipes less than 40 years old.
Transmission mains are most commonly made
of steel-reinforced concrete, which holds up
against corrosive desert soils. The oldest distribution pipe is cast iron, while newer sections are
made of PVC, asbestos cement and ductile iron.
A lot of pipe went in during the early 2000s,
when the city was growing fast, Rock says. Bedding issues, not quality of pipe, is probably our biggest source of failures. Ductile is our preferred pipe
replacement material. Properly bedded, it has lots
of structural integrity. We protect it on the outside
with poly bags and keep our Langelier index slightly

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positive so we dont have internal corrosion.

A youthful water system


Rock rates Scottsdale among the top 2 percent
of cities for pipe condition. The city fields an active
pipe replacement program, allocating $10 to $15
million per year to the most problematic areas,
including the oldest cast iron pipes and failed PVC
installations. The utility also targets pipes located
on easements along the backs of properties.
Servicing those pipes and meters can range
from problematic to nearly impossible, Rock says.
We move those pipes from back easements to
street easements.

Pipe replacement projects are generally


designed or reviewed in-house, but completed
by outside contractors. Leak repair is handled by
in-house repair crews.
Scottsdales size and terrain are another
challenge.
Covering 185 square miles is a lot for a city
of 220,000, Rock says. Our lowest customer is
at 1,188 feet above sea level, while the highest
customers are more than half a mile higher. That
results in 146 hydraulic grade levels, 18 pressure
zones, more than 700 pressure-reducing valves,
48,000 main valves and 11,000 hydrants. Even
exercising the valves every three years according
to our program is a challenge.

Automated savings
Automating the meter reading system across
the entire city is part of an effort to seek economy while improving function. The utility has
considered three types of technology:
Automated meter reading (AMR) for driveby reading service extra costs associated
with AMR include a wired register and
encoder-receiver-transmitter (ERT). It generally employs the same utility box lid.
Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)
information is received at home base, so no
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Oscar Gonzalez steadies a new valve while John Flores uses a Lowell ratchet to snug up a
flange before installation.

register and a special ERT (also compatible


with AMR), towers, software and new plastic box cover.
Advanced meter analytics (AMA) requires
a wired register, new endpoint and lid. It
requires no meter readers, but relies on
existing cell towers and requires a subscription contract to transmit information.
Parts of the city were already covered by AMR
and AMI technology. The utility also tested AMA.
The most valuable AMI and AMA systems
have two-way communication capability that would
let us provide information to customers or allow
them to access the information themselves, Rock
says. Our test of several AMI and AMA systems
revealed that they worked effectively, even in areas
offering poor cellular coverage. On a cell phone,
a text will work even when a call cant be com-

pleted and the meters send out signals like a text.


AMI incorporates dedicated repeaters and collectors. However, the capital and operating costs
of AMA are significantly higher than AMI.

The middle road


Rather than wait for the perfect marriage of
price and technology, or replacing all of the meters
at once, Scottsdale chose a middle ground. By converting over several years, the program wouldnt
divert capital resources from main replacement.
We are hoping that during the transition
either AMA will become less expensive or AMI
might become advanced enough that we could
go to two-way customer communication without
towers, Rock says.
The smart meter program began with AMR
in the north part of the city, which is home to

KEEPING THE CRITTERS OUT


Meter readers opening a utility box in Scottsdale, Arizona, can face a
host of surprises native to the Sonoran desert rattlesnakes, tarantulas,
scorpions and centipedes looking for relief from the sun. Antelope
squirrels also chew on wire insulation, and dig through the earthen floors,
heaping dirt on top of meters.
Rattlesnakes get in through the same holes made by the squirrels, says
Ken Rock, water distribution manager, City of Scottsdale Water Resources.
Some meter readers wear rattlesnake guards on their lower legs, but they
typically open and close the box lid before a coiled rattlesnake can strike.
Reading up to 400 meters per day, meter readers must often clear
squirrel backfill. However, scuffing away dirt scratches meter lenses,
making them harder to read.

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Flores helps guide the valve into place as


Gonzalez stands by to help connect it to an
8-inch water main.

thousands of thinly-spread, large estates.


That area was one of the catalysts for establishing the program, Rock says. Its too far to
walk between houses, but even with a jeep it
involved nothing but getting in and out of the
vehicle to walk to the meter. The area is very hilly,
so you would need a lot of transmitter-receivers
to provide connectivity. But the homeowners associations wont allow for any towers, including
streetlights and traffic lights. When we had to put
up a pump station, we had to camouflage the
communication tower as a Saguaro cactus. That
cuts out AMI, so we decided to convert the north
part of the city to drive-by AMR.
In the southern part of the city, where houses
are closer together, the potential savings for AMR
and AMI were narrower.

The city reckons that the cost of slower reads, meter servicing and
damage in 5,000 affected boxes was adding up to about $17,000 a year.
Field personnel were empowered to develop their own solution to
the problem and devised the critter barrier made of steel window
screens. They cut the screen with scissors and mold the screens to fit
under the meters, says Rock. They then tape the screen to the walls of
the interior or exterior of the box.
The department improved on the design with the addition of Soiltac
by Soilworks, a nontoxic polymer that solidifies dirt so that squirrels are
discouraged from digging. Meters found filled with dirt are emptied using
a vacuum truck. Soiltac is applied and the screens are added in about 15
minutes at a material cost of about $3 per box.
Our people still find it easy to break the Soiltac with tools for meter
work or replacement, says Rock.

Recent data concerning low water levels in Lake


Mead on the Colorado River suggest water restrictions could affect Scottsdale at some future date.
Arizona has secondary priority for water from
the Colorado River, so wed feel a shortage first,
Rock says. If that happened, a more comprehensive CIS informed by daily meter information
would be a tremendous advantage for the utility
and customers who could actively monitor water
use and be alerted within 24 hours of a leak. Savings in operating costs are what lead most utilities to go to smart meters, but I think that the
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Additionally, all existing meters three years
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citys oldest meters, dating back to before 2000,
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with new ERTs.
Under this plan, by 2023 the entire city will
be covered by some sort of automated metering
system, Rock says. By then, our oldest smart
meter installations will be 15 years old, and ready
for replacement. This will maintain a relatively
smooth staff workload and budget outlay.
The utility also considered the impact of AMS
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conversion period, some staff members would
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That also gives the remaining employees the
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Spotlight

DESIGNED FOR
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FNA Group updates Delco Cobalt Series
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By Kyle Rogers

he Delco Cobalt Pressure


Washer from FNA Group
is built to last, with several upgrades aimed at improving
equipment durability. The company showcased the machine at
the 2016 Water & Wastewater
Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show.
A unit that will typically last
someone five to seven years is now
going to probably last 10 years
plus, says Alan Greer, manager
of product engineering for FNA
Group. These features are just
going to make the machine stronger and better.
The Delco Cobalt Series has
been a staple of FNA Groups
The latest version of the Delco Cobalt Pressure Washer from FNA Group features a universal mounting system
product line for years, but the
and several updates designed to make the machine stronger and more durable. (Photo courtesy of FNA Group)
2016 version features more than
Industrial power washing makes up a significant portion of the market
just one update. The portable skid system now has a lighter-weight, powfor the Delco Cobalt Series, but the hot-water capability of the machine also
der-coated tubular steel frame, an automatic electronic ignition burner
opens up the sewer jetting market, which is why FNA Group chose to attend
system, a panel-mounted NEMA 4X electrical enclosure, belt-driven pumps,
the WWETT Show. Alongside ideas produced by engineers in-house, FNA
stainless steel double-insulated coil enclosure, stainless steel float tank,
Group takes customer feedback into account when making design upgrades,
and an axial alignment system. Durability and longevity are the principles
and the WWETT Show provides an opportunity to hear from the people
behind the design changes. Take the new axial alignment system.
using the machine, Greer says.
That allows the pump to stay lined up perpendicular to the engine
Its very helpful to us to know whether were building it right or wrong,
shaft so you get improved belt wear, Greer says. It makes maintenance
or we just need to add a few things, Greer says. And it also gives us that
easier for the end user.
little bit different perspective from other types of users because in the
The updated model also features a universal mounting system. There
case of the Delco Cobalt its typically used in the pressure washing indusare three frame-mounting configurations to the base assembly, which allows
try. The customer feedback from the WWETT Show industry people has
for better installation, whether it be a van or a trailer or pickup, Greer says.
helped us develop that hot-water side for sewer jetting because it can be
Theres better flexibility for installation.
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The engineering team did a good job of addressing issues with the
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OF CABLE MACHINES

COMPANY DIRECTORY

MANUFACTURER/DISTRIBUTOR
OF PORTABLE JETTERS

AND

JETTER
CABLE MACHINE
Cam Spray
520 Brooks Rd., Iowa Falls, IA 50126
Toll Free: 800-648-5011 Phone: 641-648-5011 Fax: 641-648-5013
See ad page 43

YES

Email: sales@camspray.com Website: www.camspray.com

Electric Eel Mfg.


501 W. Leffel Ln., Springfield, OH 45501
Toll Free: 800-833-1212 Fax: 937-323-3767

YES

YES

100' to
300'

1" to 8"

1,500 to
3,000 PSI

1.7 to
4.7 GPM

YES

YES

30' to 400'/
25' to 150'

2" to 10" /
1 1/4" to
10"

1,500 to
3,000 PSI

2 to 12
GPM

300' to
600'

4" to 60"

2,000 to
4,000 PSI

12 to
80 GPM

Email: info@electriceel.com Website: www.electriceel.com

General Pipe Cleaners


1101 Thompson Ave. , McKees Rocks, PA 15136
Toll Free: 800-245-6200 Phone: 412-771-6300 Fax: 412-771-2771
Email: info@drainbrain.com Website: www.drainbrain.com

MTech
See ad page 57

7401 First Place, Cleveland, OH 44146


Toll Free: 800-362- 0240 Phone: 440-646-0996 Fax: 440-646-9953

YES

Email: sales@mtechcompany.com Website: www.mtechcompany.com

MyTana Mfg. Co. Inc.


746 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN 55404
Toll Free: 800-328-8170 Phone: 651-222-1738 Fax: 651-222-1739
See ad page 43

YES

Email: mytana@mytana.com Website: www.mytana.com

YES

50' to
1 1/2' to 10'/
1,500 to
250'/ 50'
1 1/2" to
3,000 PSI
to 150'
12"

2 to 8
GPM

NozzTeq, Inc.
1949 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765
See ad page 21

Toll Free: 866-620-5915 Phone: 603-413-6583 Fax: 603-413-6744

YES

Up to 200'

3" to 8"

2,000 to
5,000 PSI

15 to
80 GPM

YES

50' to 550'

1 1/2" to
36"

1,200 to
7,000 PSI

2 to
22 GPM

Email: info@nozzteq.com Website: www.nozzteq.com

Water Cannon, Inc. - MWBE


4300 West Lake Mary Blvd., Units 1010-424, Lake Mary, FL 32746-2449
Toll Free: 800-333-9274 Phone: 321-800-5763 Fax: 888-928-9274
See ads pages 57, 58

Its
Free!
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Email: richard@watercannon.com Website: www.watercannon.com

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TECH TALK

MAKE YOUR HOSE


LAST LONGER
Jetter hoses dont last forever,
but you can prolong their life by following these tips
By Ken Wysocky

ow long will a typical jetter hose


last? Answering that question
is as easy as trying to estimate
when a jetters pump will break down.
A hose is meant to be a consumable its not going to last forever,
says Bernie Hengels, a marketing official at United Environmental Manufacturing Supply Inc./Hose and Televising
(UEMSI/HTV), a national distributor
of jetter hoses. We always say its like a
set of tires in a car. A teenager can ruin
a set of tires in one night, just as an operator who improperly uses a hose can
tear one up in just a day.
Bob Glick, product specialist at Piranha Hose Products, agrees.
Theres no hard and fast rule for how
long a hose will last, he says. Unfortunately, because of the harsh environment
theyre subjected to, operators often dont
know what theyre getting into and
you can destroy a hose the first time you
put it down a pipe.
Theres no hard and fast rule for how long a hose will last.
On the other hand, there are simple
Unfortunately, because of the harsh environment theyre subjected to,
and relatively inexpensive things you can
operators often dont know what theyre getting into and you can destroy
do to prolong the life of your hose. First
a hose the first time you put it down a pipe.
and foremost: Shield your hose from sharp
edges on things like manholes and corru Bob Glick
gated pipes by using a protective sleeve
called a tigertail. Hengels says UEMSI/HTV manufactures a specific product
haps between a doorjamb and a door. In any case, the tigertail stays in one
trademarked as Tyger Tail, but workers in the waterjetting industry often generplace while the jetter hose moves through it, unimpeded by any sharp edges.
ically call these protective sleeves tigertails.
Ive seen guys use two of them at a time in certain applications, Glick says.
Every time you use a hose without a tigertail, you run the risk of tearing
Glick also suggests using a product known as a manhole roller guide,
the outer jacket of the hose, Hengels says. Once you get a nick in the outer
which also protects hoses from sharp manhole edges. Some companies
jacket, it reduces a hoses effectiveness.
make manhole rollers for use both at street level (an upper manhole roller)
or down inside the manhole (lower manhole roller).
Tigertails come in various diameters and lengths. Each one includes a
They (the lower manhole rollers) also help feed a hose through the
tie-off rope that workers affix to a stationary object near a friction point,
center of the pipe, Glick says.
like the edge of a corrugated culvert pipe or manhole, for instance, or per(continued)

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Regularly cleaning hoses also helps extend their life. Hengels suggests
operators wipe down a hose as its pulled back to the hose reel.
Hoses can come in contact with damaging chemicals and waste gases,
he says. You dont want the residue from that waste eating away at the hose.
And it really helps to have a clean hose if you keep it inside an enclosed
vehicle because it minimizes the odor.
Moreover, its difficult to detect nicks and cuts in the hose if its always
grimy and dirty, Glick adds.
Both Hengels and Glick also suggest jetter operators use a leader hose,
typically a 10- to 15-foot-long rubber hose that attaches to the front end of
a jetting hose.
Its also known as a sacrificial hose because it takes the brunt of the
load as it goes through a pipeline, Glick says.
Because its made of rubber, a leader hose is more flexible than a thermoplastic-coated jetter hose. As such, it can make its way through bends in
pipes easier, Hengels says.
Its cheaper to replace than a jetter hose and when you do replace one,
theres much less downtime than repairing a jetter hose, Glick says. You
can just grab another one off a shelf, unscrew the old one and screw on the
new one and youre up and running again pretty quickly.
A leader hose also boosts job site safety because when operators see one
emerge from a drainline, they know the end of the hose will follow shortly,
alerting them that its time to power down the pump.

Think of it as an early warning system that makes for safer operation,


Hengels says.
Theres one more way to extend jetter hose life: Regularly inspect every
inch of the hose for nicks and cuts. Glick and Hengels suggest an inspection at the start or end of a job, or even both.
It should be like a daily DOT truck inspection, where you take a walk
around the vehicle and make sure everything is OK before you start it up,
Hengels says.
Glick and Hengels say they both know of a contractor who takes a hose
completely off a combo vac truck reel every Friday afternoon and lays it in
the company parking lot for a thorough inspection. If workers find a defect,
they tag it out and the hose gets repaired or replaced before the truck goes
back to work on Monday morning.
Its certainly time-consuming, but that might well be the most valuable
half-hour that contractor spends every week, Hengels says. Theres a lot
at stake here. When a hose goes, its not pretty. Ive seen them blow out on
jobs where hose wear was overlooked.
I always say that the braid on a hose is like a suspension bridge, he
continues. When the braid starts getting cut away, eventually the bridge
is going to fail.
Hengels says its understandable that operators may not want to take
the time to inspect their hose. But he says their minds might change if they
knew about some of the situations hes heard about in the field like one
Wisconsin contractor whose 3/4-inch-diameter hose had developed a pinhole leak. By the time he finished a job, it had become a full-pressure leak.
He had to shut down completely and bring it into our shop for repairs,
Hengels says. Worse yet, he had tried to fix it with a hose clamp and some
duct tape, and theres no way that was going to hold back water at 3,000 psi.
Its just too dangerous. F

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NASSCO CORNER

NASSCO (National
Association of Sewer
Service Companies) is

TIME TO GET TECHNICAL

located at 2470 Longstone Lane,


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

Freshen up your knowledge and discuss new technologies at NASSCOs 41st Annual Conference
By Ted DeBoda

f you are not yet a member of NASSCO and want a good reason to join,
consider NASSCOs 41st Annual Conference. The conference, which is
open to members only, is scheduled Feb. 13-16 in Naples, Florida, and
will include one of the biggest and best NASSCO Technical Days ever.
Each year, an increasing number of NASSCO members come together
at our Annual Conference to learn about initiatives designed to set standards for the assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground
infrastructure. We also use this time to introduce new members of the board
of directors, and to provide the opportunity for all members to participate
in a variety of influential NASSCO committees. Theres even time for some
networking. But the part of our agenda thats really growing in importance
and attraction to new and old members alike is Technical Day.
The 2017 NASSCO Technical Day, set for Wednesday, Feb.15, will provide something for everyone municipalities, contractors, engineers and
manufacturers/suppliers. The forum encourages all participants to set aside
competitive natures and join together to introduce, discuss and evaluate
new trenchless technologies and processes. The event will kick off at 7:30
a.m. with a presentation by Water Research Centers Andy Drinkwater from
Swindon, England.
Drinkwater was instrumental in the development of NASSCOs Pipeline
Assessment Certification Program and currently conducts applied research
for water companies in the UK regarding FOG and wet wipes, and also serves
as an expert witness/independent investigator to identify the cause of system
failures. From 8:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. there will be two separate tracks allow-

Get the EDge

ing members to focus on the technologies that are most important to them:
Track A Inspection, Asset Management and Training
Design/Build for Trenchless Rehabilitation Find and Fix: Lessons
for Success
Phased Assessment Strategy for Sewers (PASS): Understanding Sewer
Condition Quicker and with Fewer Resources
Acoustic Inspection Implementation at New Castle County, Delaware
Small Utility Asset Management
Importance of Training, Why Train/Why Now
Structural Condition Assessment of Flexible Conduits: Incorporating
Portable CT Imaging to Verify Supporting Soil Integrity, Identify Voiding and Verify Undermining
Track B Rehabilitation
Design Considerations and Benefits of Pipe Bursting
Holistic Trenchless Sewer Rehabilitation Project in Utah Yields Big
Results
Sealing from the Ends: The Internal Pipe End Seal
Critical Details for Municipal Grouting
Quality Assurance to Support Municipality CIPP Expenditures: Case
Studies from a Municipality and Contractor Point of View
For more information, including lodging and other travel details, please
visit nassco.org to make your plans now and get the best rates. If you are not
yet a member and want to join us in February for NASSCOs 41st Annual
Conference, please visit nassco.org and apply for membership today. F

Training and Continuing Education Courses


December 13-15

PACP TRAINING

ITCP TRAINING (CIPP and Manhole)

Conyers, GA

December 6

Allentown, PA

1-Day PACP User Recertification


PA DEP Credits Available
Contact Mike Kerr for more information or to register:
412-605-9000 or email mikerr54@hotmail.com

Includes Manhole and Laterals!


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

December 7-9

December 13-15

Includes Manholes and Laterals!


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

Includes Manholes and Laterals!


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

Marriottsville, MD (NASSCO Training Center)

December 13

Marriottsville, MD

PACP User Recertification


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

Wharton, NJ

February 2-3

Forth Worth, TX (UCT Conference)

Cured In Place Pipe


8:00 am 5:00 pm Day 1
8:00 am 1:00 pm Day 2
Trainer: Gerry Muenchmeyer
Contact Gerry Muenchmeyer for more information:
252-626-9930 or email
gerry@muenchmeyerassoc.com

February 20-21
Indianapolis, IN

Cured In Place Pipe


8:00 am 5:00 pm Day 1
8:00 am 1:00 pm Day 2
Trainer: Gerry Muenchmeyer
Contact Gerry Muenchmeyer for more information:
252-626-9930 or
email gerry@muenchmeyerassoc.com

OTHER CLASSES FORMING

Contact one of the trainers listed above if you are interested in having
a class at your facility or in your area.

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PRODUCT FOCUS

CLEANING AND
MAINTENANCE
By Craig Mandli
Cable MaChines

Duracable DM55

The DM55 from Duracable has a continuousweld frame constructed from an aluminum alloy
that is as strong as steel. The sled allows for service
technicians to operate the machine in either a vertical or horizontal position. Electrical wiring runs
through the frame to help protect the operator.
The winch hook on the frame makes it easy to lift
the machine with a loading ramp or crane. It can
fit four different styles of 26-inch reels with options of open-spoke metal or
enclosed polyethylene drums. Depending on which reel is being used, it can
run 110 feet or 150 feet of 11/16-inch cable. It can be used for mainlines;
industrial, commercial and residential lines; floor drains; grease; and roots.
877/244-0556; www.duracable.com.

Electric Eel Model D-5

The Model D-5 from Electric Eel is a continuous cable drum machine for cleaning 3- to
10-inch lines up to 100 feet. The high-density polyethylene drum and belt guard will not rust or dent
and holds up to 100 feet of 3/4-inch Tri-Max cable.
Three sealed heavy-duty ball bearings support the
drum and thick-wall guide tube for extended wear.
It is powered by a heavy-duty 1/2 hp capacitortype motor to provide more torque. It has large 10-inch solid wheels for
easy maneuvering and stabilization while in operation. It has extra-strength
1 1/4-inch steel tubing framework, five position height adjustments on the
handle, a wheel brake, continuous belt skids and a loading wheel built into
the handle, GFCI on a 20-foot line cord, and an air-operated foot switch
for easy operation. 800/833-1212; www.electriceel.com.

industrial VaCuuM truCks

GapVax HV55 HydroVax

The GapVax HV55 HydroVax wet/


dry unit is constructed of 1/4-inch
ASTM A572 Grade 50 steel, and has a
12 1/2-cubic-yard debris body and
water tank options ranging from 400
to 1,400 gallons. It includes a positive displacement vacuum pump rated at
5,250 cfm with 28 inches Hg. The design prolongs the life of the filter bags
and eliminates the threat of material entering the vacuum pump. The tailgate is fully opening with a field-adjustable hinge and dual cylinders, with four
fail-safe, individually adjustable locks that ensure a complete seal. Options
include a cold weather recirculation package, sludge pump, auger unloading
system, body pressurization system, remote pendants and wireless remotes,
high rail package and stainless steel body. 888/442-7829; www.gapvax.com.

Guzzler LR Classic

The Guzzler LR (liquid ring) Classic vacuum truck is designed to clean


up and recover solids, dry bulk powders, liquids, slurries and thick sludge. It

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was designed with a liquid ring pump


as the vacuum source in lieu of a
blower. Dual 1,820 cfm liquid ring
pumps deliver ultraquiet operation. It
can provide both low-temperature discharge and quieter operation, without compromising the ability to perform as a standard industrial vacuum
loader for extreme light and dry material. The powerful and efficient industrial vacuum system operates effectively in remote or inaccessible locations
more than 1,000 feet away, through suction lines up to 8 inches in diameter.
The truck has an 18-cubic-yard debris body for maximum operating time. It
provides 100 percent accessibility to all internal chambers, and provides a low
air-cloth ratio. The three-stage filtration system includes a radial deflector, a
cyclone centrifugal separator and 60 70-inch-long Dacron bags. The filtration
system keeps the pump operating liquid clean, resulting in longer pump life.
800/627-3171; www.guzzler.com.

PCI Manufacturing Solutions


bobtail

Bobtail vacuum tanks from PCI


Manufacturing Solutions are framemounted and designed to fit on any
truck. A dual rear sump allows faster
loading and unloading. The rear entry for the catwalk allows easy and safe access
to the top manways. With large, divided hose hooks, this bobtail can accommodate two sets of hoses, ensuring that any hose is within easy reach. A standard
front sight tube that is viewable from the drivers seat allows drivers to stay in their
cabs while loading and unloading. 800/256-5633; www.pcimfgsolutions.com.

inspeCtion software

CUES GraniteNet

GraniteNet infrastructure inspection and decision support software from CUES can be used in
the field on tablets or via a web browser to review
and analyze inspections. It uses the cloud for media
storage while enabling simple, precise data collection with integrated GIS mapping and GPS, helping contractors and municipal asset managers lower
operating costs and increase efficiency across departments. 800/327-7791;
www.cuesinc.com.

Jetters - truCk or trailer

American Jetter 51TD Series

The 51TD Series diesel jetter from


American Jetter offers a wide range of
water-cooled diesel power using Perkins engines. Flows range from 8 to 40
gpm up to 5,000 psi. Low-water shut-off prevents pump damage if the water
tank runs low. Standard hose reel speed control allows for precise cleaning. The
heavy-duty square-tubing trailer offers standard electric brakes on both axles.
866/944-3569; www.americanjetter.com.

Cam Spray RCJ Series

RCJ Series skid-mounted jetters from Cam Spray


are offered in flows and pressures of 8 gpm at 3,500
psi and 7 gpm at 4,000 psi. A three-plunger industrial pump with pulse is powered by a 688 cc Honda
engine. Its 200-foot jetter hose can be used to supply an optional 200DS4 portable reel cart available
with 200 feet of 3/8-inch jet hose. It comes with a
35-gallon buffer water tank with float control, powder-coated heavy tube frame,
washdown gun and a four-nozzle set. It easily mounts in the side door of a
cargo van, on a truck bed or inside a service truck. A root-cutting nozzle enables
residential root cutting. 800/648-5011; www.camspray.com.

Hi-Vac Corporation OBrien 7000 Series

The OBrien 7000 Series trailer-mounted jetter


from Hi-Vac Corporation comes with water tanks and
a sediment pump for easier cleaning and longer life.
The trailer has the muffler and air cleaner mounted
inside the enclosure for improved sight lines, electric reel control for smoother rotation and easier
operation, and hydraulic and water gauges mounted
in the main control panel for easier viewing. 800/752-2400; www.hi-vac.com.

Hot Jet USA Vac n Jet

Vac n Jet trailer-mounted sewer jetters from


Hot Jet USA are compact, about one quarter the
size of a hydroexcavation truck. They are available
with hot- or cold-water options, with a choice of
23 or 35 hp Vanguard by Toyota engines, 12-gallon gas tank, 24-gallon diesel tank, a 500-gallon
steel spoils tank with a Gardner Denver vac
blower, Colt 4-ton hydraulic dump and 24-inch opening rear hatch. They
have a 5- by 16-foot diamond plate steel deck with dual 7,000-pound-rated
axles with electric brakes, and carry a 200-gallon water tank. 800/6248186; www.hotjetusa.com.

PipeHunter 400-Gallon Single-Axle

The PipeHunter 400-Gallon Single-Axle trailer


jet has a polymer-coated frame, German-built water
pump and Cat diesel power plant. Custom-made
reels for sewer cleaning ensure a design that is long
lasting and simple to operate. Options include a
hydraulic articulating reel (no locking mechanism
needed), many lighting packages, tool storage and
added reel capacity. Water systems range from 14 to 40 gpm. 800/373-1318;
www.pipehunter.com.

Vac-Con Hot Shot

The Hot Shot high-pressure water


jet machine from Vac-Con is designed
for removing stones, bottles, cans,
grease, sludge and other debris from
sanitary sewer and storm drainlines. Engineered for one-person operation,
all high-pressure water and hose reel controls are located at the front of the
machine for ease of operation and increased safety. Models are available
with 1,000- and 1,600-gallon water tanks. Options include variable flow, articulating hose reel, polyethylene water tanks, 30 gpm at 3,000 psi water pump
system, auxiliary engine or hydrostatic drive, cold weather recirculation system, side-mounted toolboxes, air purge system, hose footage counter, arrow
board, strobe lights, inspector cam, high-pressure spray bar, hose rewind
guide, 600 psi hand-gun system with 25 feet of hose and a selection of nozzles. 855/336-2962; www.vac-con.com.

Vactor Manufacturing RamJet


850 Series

The RamJet 850 Series truck jetter


from Vactor Manufacturing has a
choice of front or rear hose reel locations. Equipped with a Jet Rodder water pump, the jetter effectively breaks
up blockages in sanitary lines, flushes out debris and scours sewer lines. ParkN-Clean technology allows the operator to park near the manhole and start
cleaning with minimal setup time. The standard front hose reel has a capacity of 800 feet of 1-inch hose and can telescope up to 15 inches forward and
rotate up to 270 degrees. The aluminum heated enclosure keeps the pump
and plumbing covered and protected at all times. The standard rear hose
reel has a capacity of 700 feet of 1-inch hose and can rotate a total of 180
degrees; 90 degrees to curbside and 90 degrees to street side. An optional
integral aluminum rear shroud provides quick setup and offers cold weather
protection. It offers flow of 0 to 80 gpm at a variable pressure up to 2,500
psi at the hose reel. 800/627-3171; www.vactor.com.

Jet/VaC CoMbination truCks /trailers

Ring-O-Matic 550

The Ring-O-Matic 550 dual-pump


combination jetter and vacuum excavator gives contractors and municipalities the advantages of a dedicated
combination jetter/vacuum truck in a versatile compact trailer unit. It can
jet and 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, it has a 1,000 cfm blower
and can deliver 27 gpm at 2,700 psi up to 400 feet with its 3/4-inch jetter
hose. Trailer axles rated to 16,000 pounds allow the 550-gallon spoils tank
and 500-gallon freshwater tank to be easily pulled behind suitably equipped
3/4- or 1-ton trucks. 800/544-2518; www.ring-o-matic.com.

Polston Applied Technologies


Combination3

The Combination3 truck from


Polston Applied Technologies is a
multifunctional tool that effectively
removes accumulated debris from structures and collections systems. It
provides a powerful and versatile solution for removing waste, including sand, grit and rag material, from tanks and pipes. It can remove
debris from underground structures in wet conditions. When dewatering is too costly or must be minimized due to time constraints, or when
faced with confined spaces with limited access, the process provides a
safe and reliable alternative. 844/765-7866; www.polstonprocess.com.

SchellVac Equipment
2600 Series
Combination Hydrovac

The 2600 Series Combination


Hydrovac from SchellVac Equipment
is designed to serve construction, energy and utility industries. The system
is mounted on a tridem chassis and is equipped with a 6,400 cfm Robuschi
PD blower direct-powered by a Namco transfer case. The water jetter system
consists of a 3560 CAT (20 gpm/4,000 psi) pressure pump, 980,000 Btu
boiler and 1,200-gallon water capacity. The complete water system is installed
in an insulated and heated aluminum body. The hoisted 15 1/2-cubic-yard
debris body includes a dual cyclone plus cartridge filtration system. It has a
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telescopic boom with a 27-foot reach when fully extended and a load-sensing hydraulic system. 877/336-0081; www.schellvacequipment.com.

Sewer Equipment
Model 900 ECO

The Model 900 ECO from Sewer


Equipment is available in 9-, 12- or
15-yard debris capacities, equipped
with Duraprolene water tanks carrying 900 to 2,000 gallons of onboard water.
Its Hydro Drive powertrain system eliminates the need for a transfer case.
Both single-piston and triplex pump options are available at 55 to 80 gpm
at 2,000 to 3,000 psi with a 4,400 cfm blower and 18 Hg, built on an ecofriendly platform that provides greater fuel efficiency and offers noise reduction. 888/477-7611; www.sewerequipment.com.

Super Products Camel 1200

Ideal for a wide variety of sewer


cleaning projects, the Camel 1200
sewer and catch basin cleaner with
wastewater recycling from Super Products has a six-stage water filtration process that enables effective sewer cleaning action without the need for freshwater. The key to the systems effectiveness
is the ejector plate, which serves as a full-body primary filter that thoroughly
separates solids from liquids collected in the debris body. The collected water
then travels through a series of filters, strainers and a separator that removes
particles from the liquid utilizing centrifugal action. By using the wastewater
recycling system, collections operators can not only save thousands of gallons
of water during an average workweek, theyll also get longer on-site performance, as there wont be a need to halt production to replenish the water supply. 800/837-9711; www.superproductsllc.com.

Tornado Global Hydrovacs


F3-ECO

The F3-ECO from Tornado Global


Hydrovacs holds 12 cubic yards of mud
and more than 1,700 gallons of freshwater. This unit is over 2,000 pounds lighter than the companys older models, meaning the operator can carry extra payload in the debris tank. The
boom has a 342-degree rotation and a 26-foot reach. All critical components
are housed in an insulated and heated aluminum van body. Operators do not
need to hoist the tank to empty it, eliminating the dangers of dumping on
uneven ground and overhead power lines. 877/340-8141; www.tghl.ca.

US Jetting JETVAC

The JETVAC from US Jetting has


a Robuschi RB-DV 65 blower pulling
850 cfm and 25 inches Hg, and an
efficient cyclone system with silencers and filters that are easy to maintain. The unit has a USJ Pump with 3,000 to 4,000 psi and 10 to 18 gpm
options available. A 550-gallon debris tank and a 200-gallon water tank help
keep the size and weight down, so a CDL license is not required to drive the
unit. It has a high-dump system to dump loads into a standard dumpster for
transportation or storage. 800/538-8464; www.usjetting.com.

Vac-Tron Equipment Mini Combo Series

The Mini Combo Series from Vac-Tron Equipment combines high cfm vacuum with jetter capabilities. Its Cat jetter pump is rated at 2,000 psi at
15 gpm. It is recommended for cleaning lateral
lines up to 12 inches in diameter, and comes with
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reel. Options include a hydraulic boom or strong arm to maximize job performance by helping to reduce work fatigue that can sometimes occur from
using a manually controlled vacuum hose. It is available either trailer- or
truck-mounted for mobility on the job site. 888/822-8766; www.vactron.com.

nozzles

Arthur Products Cnt-r-KUT Elite

The Cnt-r-KUT Elite from Arthur Products is


a rotating mechanical tool designed to symmetrically clean pipes. Equipped with interchangeable
chain and cable on the same rotor, the cutter operates at 2,000 to 10,000 psi. The lightweight, flexible centering device, engineered from an aerospace
elastomer, allows the unit to navigate the contour
of the pipe. Advanced jet porting uses both rotor
sidekick jets for optimizing rotational force and rear thruster jets for propulsion maximization. It is available in 3/8-, 1/2- and 1-inch NPT. 800/322-0510;
www.arthurproducts.com.

Enz USA Bulldog Antiblast

The Bulldog Antiblast nozzle from Enz USA


was designed specifically to prevent blowing toilets while jetting in residential areas. Cleaning sewer
lines near home installations brings the risk of pressure equalization through toilets and traps when
negative pressure arises ahead of the nozzle, or
when excess pressure follows the nozzle, if the installations were not correct or venting is not working properly. The nozzle prevents this unpleasant side effect and cleans in all directions. 888/369-8721;
www.enzusainc.com.

Hydra-Flex Ripsaw

The Ripsaw rotating turbo nozzle from HydraFlex has a cone-shaped flow pattern ideal for
potholing applications. It blasts a 0-degree water
stream at up to 3,200 psi while rotating at a high
speed to provide an 18-degree cone of coverage.
These heavy-duty, high-impact nozzles are constructed with a stainless steel housing and tungstencarbide wear surfaces to withstand harsh environments and provide long life.
Repair kits are available for extended life and lower operating costs. The nonconductive urethane coating on the nozzle body protects the operator and sensitive underground utilities. It offers greater impingement, allowing the technician
to use a smaller nozzle size while getting the same impact as nozzles with higher
flow rates. 952/808-3640; www.hydraflexinc.com.

NozzTeq Ice Bear

Ice Bear sewer nozzles from NozzTeq were developed to quickly penetrate ice-filled lines. These are
short, low-profile nozzles with rounded leading
edges that easily work their way into tight areas,
and have six rear-facing and three front-facing jets.
The front-facing jets come together at a single point
a few inches in front of the nozzle, focusing full jetting power on the ice to break it up quickly. The powerful, low-angle rear jets
push the nozzle right up to blockages and stabilize it at the ice face, while
quickly sweeping out ice and debris to clear lines and prevent refreezing.
Laminar flow is preserved from the truck to the nozzle end, for more powerful jet streams produced at lower pressure, extending the life of jetting
equipment. The jet orifice size is fixed. 866/620-5915; www.nozzteq.com.

StoneAge WGR Switcher

The WGR Switcher from StoneAge has the ability to run a single jetting tool in either pulling or
cleaning mode, without removing the nozzle from
the pipe. When the pump is idled down and brought
back to pressure, the tool will switch the water flow
between two different patterns of jets. This allows
the tool to switch between pulling and cleaning,
reducing the time and water usage required to make multiple runs with different nozzles. The pulling/flushing jet pattern directs maximum power to the
rear jets to pull or flush debris backward. The cleaning/descaling jet pattern
directs power to the side jets for cleaning deposits and cutting roots. The twotools-in-one unit navigates pipes 8 to 36 inches in diameter and handles pressures up to 5,000 psi at up to 100 gpm. 970/259-2869; www.stoneagetools.com.

The Plug Hug Fire Hydrant


Cleaning System

The Plug Hug Fire Hydrant Cleaning System


can make fire hydrants paint-ready in two minutes,
and can help clear snow-covered and plowed-under
fire hydrants in 60 seconds. It cuts project costs by
reducing labor, materials and cleanup, while also
helping eliminate hand, eye and back injuries. It
helps mitigate public safety risks associated with inaccessible fire hydrants
during fire emergencies in the winter. To use, simply attach the hex receiver
to a hydraulic auger drive motor mounted on a skid-steer, backhoe or miniexcavator for use on any style of fire hydrant. Flared steel cables descale paint,
rust and debris without having to remove cap chains or Storz fittings. An operator can descale over 20 hydrants per hour for painting, and clear over 30
hydrants per hour from snow and ice while creating a 4-foot-diameter access
area for firefighters. 719/313-2791; www.theplughug.com.

USB - Sewer Equipment Corporation


one-piece nozzles

One-piece stainless steel cleaning nozzles from


USB - Sewer Equipment Corporation are neither
bonded nor screwed together, enhancing strength
and significantly reducing the chances of failure
under pressure for greater safety and optimum
performance. Advanced, optimized 3-D Hydro
Mechanics, located in the lower part of the chamber, completely eliminate
pressure in the upper portion of the nozzle and prevent explosion in a sewer
line or manhole. The water coming from a 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. They are engineered and manufactured according to DIN
EN ISO 9001:2000 to remove sand, mud, silt, grease and obstructions from
sewer and stormwater lines. 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 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 that records to a standard SD
card. A 4GB card is included. 800/504-7435; www.amazingmachinery.com.

Aries Industries Pathfinder Model TR3310

The Pathfinder Model TR3310 mainline inspection system from Aries Industries operates with long
life in harsh pipe conditions. It is a powerful, steerable tractor with a pan-and-tilt camera and self-cleaning lens. Forward weight distribution results in better
traction for longer pulls and faster inspections. Continuous-duty-rated motors, all-gear-driven drivetrain,
and improved pressure testing ensures reliable operation. With various wheel
sizes, it sets up quickly to match pipe contours. A standard-configuration tractor operates in 6- to 24-inch-diameter relined pipe. A large-line kit provides
navigation in pipes up to 36 inches. An adjustable electric camera lift with a
7.1-inch extension keeps the camera centered in a wide range of pipe sizes
for full visibility. It operates with the Aries Master Controller that enables wireless remote operation using a dual-joystick Xbox controller for ease of use and
improved maintainability. 800/234-7205; www.ariesindustries.com.

Deep Trekker DT340 Pipe Crawler

The DT340 Pipe Crawler from Deep Trekker


comes with everything needed to perform a fast and
efficient sewer inspection, all without the use of a
dedicated service truck or additional generators. It
has internal lithium batteries that last between six
and eight hours, a lightweight hand-held controller
with a built-in viewing screen, plug-and-play integrations, and various wheel track options. It allows the technician to access hardto-reach sites to begin easy pipe inspections in just minutes. The system is
completely submersible up to 164 feet. 519/342-3177; www.deeptrekker.com.

Envirosight Quickview airHD

The cable-free Quickview airHD camera from


Envirosight captures high-definition video from sewers, and transmits it wirelessly to a touch-screen tablet for live viewing. With the Quickview app installed,
the tablet offers fingertip control of zoom, illumination and tilt, as well as image capture and video
recording, playback, annotation and sharing. And
because the camera has motorized tilt as well as in-manhole centering capability and hands-free stabilization, setup is quick, and both the operators hands
remain free to operate the tablet. It has an HD zoom camera with 30X optical zoom (plus 12X digital) paired with a Quad-Haloptic light engine. It is
tuned to deliver maximum detail from within pipes, and the light engine combines four offset LED/reflector pairs to surround the camera with powerful,
focused illumination that is aligned for maximum range and optimum viewing at any distance. 866/936-8476; www.envirosight.com.

Forbest Products FB-PIC3388M/3388MT

The FB-PIC3388M/3388MT camera system


from Forbest Products allows users to inspect 4to 20-inch pipe. The package comes with 200 feet
of 3/8-inch fiberglass cable and a reel with footage counter and stand, 1 1/2-inch self-leveling
waterproof color camera head and a detachable
stainless steel spring kit. With a camera head
adapter, a high-resolution 7/8-inch waterproof metal color camera head
with or without a built-in 512 Hz sonde transmitter can also be used on the
200 feet of cable. Two extra detachable spring kits with different hardness
are provided for different applications. The heavy-duty waterproof control
box includes a bright 10-inch LCD color screen that can record photos
and videos with USB or SD. On-screen status indicators include footage of
the cable pushed through the pipe and battery strength. 877/369-1199;
www.forbestusa.net.
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Pipeline Renewal Technologies
CleanSteer

The CleanSteer from Pipeline Renewal Technologies uses high-pressure water for propulsion,
steering and cleaning as it captures live inspection
video from inside lateral lines. It can traverse multiple bends in pipe, steer through branches, and
levitate above debris, allowing municipal contractors and commercial plumbers to locate failed pipes, cross bores and blockages, as well as perform cleaning. It is fully water-driven, as six propulsion
nozzles generate the power needed to pull its own flexible hose through
multiple bends, and a side nozzle on the camera can be aimed to steer
through diverging pipes and hover past obstacles. An optional forward-facing nozzle can be pulsed to clear debris and other obstructions. The system
works with any high-pressure water source, including pressure washers and
combination trucks. Its 1/2-inch hose comes in lengths from 115 to 190 feet.
866/936-8476; www.pipelinert.com.

R.S. Technical Services Quick Peek

The Quick Peek all-in-one, fully portable video


inspection system from R.S. Technical Services is a
compact, lightweight solution for drainline condition assessment in lines 2 to 10 inches in diameter
up to 300 feet in length. It has a 7-inch bright LCD
handle-mounted monitor with a sun shield/screen
protector that can be positioned for a comfortable
viewing angle. Easily accessible monitor controls include power mode, aspect
ratio (screen size) and menu, plus set buttons for color, brightness, contrast,
tint and volume. The side-mounted AC/DC power source houses controls for
all camera functions, and provides a camera test terminal, AC/DC input,
video/audio output, keyboard input and a condenser microphone with on/
off switch. It has a high-resolution, low-lux color camera, keyboard for annotation, video/audio output, a microphone, and is fully locatable with a 512
Hz inline transmitter. Options include battery power, a self-leveling camera,
512 Hz receiver, roller skids, laptop interface, SD card reader and Wi-Fi interface. 800/767-1974; www.rstechserv.com.

Ratech Electronics Elite SD Wi-Fi

The Elite SD Wi-Fi from Ratech Electronics allows


technicians to record pipe inspections wirelessly to
an iOS or Android device, and take live video and
digital still photos that can be immediately uploaded
to YouTube, so theres no more recording to USB
thumb drives, SD cards or DVD discs. Simply download the app to an iPhone or iPad and stream the
video wirelessly. The Wi-Fi interface is available on any current Ratech product
or existing Ratech systems in the field, and is available with a sun-readable
10-inch LCD monitor and either a self-leveling camera, small ultramicro 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 USA MOBILE pro

The MOBILE pro portable mainline system


from Rausch USA has a lightweight cable reel with
built-in 12-inch monitor. The dual-joystick control
unit, which fits in a 17-inch-square footprint, can
easily fit into the bed of a truck or ATV. Professional-quality videos and photos can be recorded
directly to the system via SD card, or an optional
laptop can be connected for utilization of industry-standard data collection
software. The Cubix 300 motorized cable reel, loaded with up to 1,000 feet

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of cable and electronic distance counter, connects to the C135 tractor. The
tractor includes inclination, remote-controlled electric lift, four-wheel-drive
steering and a rearview camera. The KS 135 C camera has infinite rotation
for continuous joint inspection, built-in lasers for crack and joint measurement, and 120-1 zoom. Pipe size applications range from 6- to 96-inch diameters. 877/728-7241; www.rauschusa.com.

SeaRobotics TankBUG

The TankBUG from SeaRobotics provides safe


and cost-efficient removal of sediments and debris
from water storage facilities and reservoirs. The
remotely operated vehicle is a compact baseline with
a forward-mounted articulated suction and brushing assembly. It is designed to operate in ground
and elevated water storage tanks. Applicable to steel,
concrete or fiberglass, it enables cost-effective cleaning and inspection of all
sizes and types of tanks, reducing the cost of maintenance, and if done regularly, improving tank life. Optional plate thickness, coating thickness and other
sensors can improve the inspection process and provide data for comprehensive inspection reports. 772/742-3700; www.searobotics.com.

Vivax-Metrotech vCamMX

The vCamMX from Vivax-Metrotech is a portable all-in-one camera for inspecting pipes between
1 and 4 inches. The control modules 8-inch daylight-viewable LCD screen shows the distance of pushrod deployed, as well as the current time and date.
Recordings are made in AVI video and pictures in
JPG format directly to a USB thumb drive, then
instantly backed up to an SD card. The internal microphone allows audio commenting over recorded video. The pushrod is traceable with the use of an external locator transmitter and available in 100 or 150 feet. The dual frequency
512 Hz/33 kHz sonde is standard equipment. Two interchangeable camera
heads can be changed by the user in the field. The smaller D18-MX camera is
fixed-position and 0.7 inch in diameter, and the D26-MX is self-leveling
and 1 inch in diameter. 800/446-3392; www.vivax-metrotech.com.

waterblasting

Hammelmann Corp. HDP-500

The HDP-500 high-pressure pump from


Hammelmann Corp. is available on a low-profile
trailer unit. It is powered via a 755 hp diesel engine
and comes in both a packing-free fluid-end design
or traditional high-pressure packed fluid end. The
design of this pump unit complements the L
Design 26,000 psi tank-cleaning head. The addition of the higher-pressure range allows for increased production when
cleaning pipes, tanks and large vessels, while reducing water consumption.
The units can be custom built on skids, trailers or into sound-damped containers. All units come standard with a rigid base frame with anti-vibration
mounting feet; diesel engine; insulated spiral silencer installation with exhaust
and rain cap, particle filter or Ad Blue; and an ES 2 electronic control and
monitoring system with digital display for the pump and diesel engine that
offers up to 45 percent in fuel savings with smart pump technology. Options
include a pump head lifting device, automatic heating systems, water tanks
and fuel tanks. 800/783-4935; www.hammelmann.com.

Jetstream of Houston TwinForce

The TwinForce dual-pump 650 hp waterblast unit from Jetstream of


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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 an efficient and easy-to-use UNx fluidend 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. 800/231-8192;
www.waterblast.com.

NLB Corp. 335DHW-TRA-SA

The 335DHW-TRA-SA from NLB Corp. has a


powerful and dependable triplex pump capable
of 15 gpm at 3,500 psi and a 700,000 Btu burner
to handle the demands of many cycles, long hours
of operation and transportation. An overheadmounted water tank is easy to winterize, and a
75-micron inlet strainer can be cleaned, eliminating the traditional changeable filters. A rupture disk has been eliminated
from the units design and replaced with a self-resetting pop-off valve. It
offers an unloader valve for single or dual lance use and a direct-drive design
that eliminates PTO and PTO maintenance. Power is provided by a Kubota
v3600 66 hp industrial diesel engine. It has a 5,000-pound-capacity DOTcompliant steel frame, and single-axle trailer with gusseted industrial-strength
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Compact jetter saves time, trouble and money


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Craig Casteen of Casteen
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Carolina faced working in a residential crawl space that didnt
allow much room to maneuver.
He needed a jetting unit compact
enough to get into tight areas,
and powerful enough to dislodge
blockages from small lines.

Camera system allows company


to expand services and improve efficiency
Problem:

Solution:
Casteen chose the JM-1000 Mini-Jet from General Pipe Cleaners. The compact, lightweight, electric-powered unit lets him clear grease, sand and ice from
small, 1 1/2- to 3-inch lines up to 50 feet long. It provides 1,500 psi of cleaning
power. Pulse technology helps slide the hose around tight bends and down lines.
It breaks the initial tension between the hose surface and pipe walls, increasing
cleaning power. The JM-1000 weighs 23 pounds for easy carrying and is convenient for jobs completed by one person.
RESULT:
Casteen used the unit in the crawl space to quickly clear the blockage. 800/245-6200; www.drainbrain.com.

Camera provides affordable inspection solution


for small municipalities
Problem:
In June, the wastewater utility
superintendent of Saukville, Wisconsin, needed to identify some
lateral piping going into the main
sewer line for a new business being
built in the industrial park. He
stopped by Insight Vision Cameras
office, wondering if he could borrow a portable sewer crawler that
could inspect runs up to 350 feet.
Were just about to dig and wanted to make sure the laterals were installed
as originally specified.

Solution:
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loaded and on the job site. A 325-foot run of the 8-inch-diameter pipe was inspected,
and the two laterals that the superintendent was looking for were identified.
RESULT:
The portable mainline system provided the ability to inspect the
underground infrastructure without having to dedicate a large crew and
pay large sums of money. 800/488-8177; www.insightvisioncameras.com.

C.A. Taciak & Sons in Towson,


Maryland, had always been on the
lookout for solutions to understand
how existing pipes are run on a job
site, and how to more easily locate
drainline blockages to help avoid
ruptured pipes, excessive property
damage and wasted service time. In
the companys early days it had to
strap sondes to cables and send
them down lines, using locators to
find obstructions. It wanted a less complicated alternative.

Solution:
For owner Frank Taciak, the solution was the RIDGID SeeSnake rM200
camera system paired with the CS65 digital reporting monitor for on-site
reporting. The rM200 is capable of inspecting lines up to 200 feet in length
and 1 1/2 to 6 inches in diameter, and has an integrated transport system for
easy portability. The CS65 has one-touch image recording for fast, efficient
documentation of inspections.
RESULT:
The camera system and being able to digitally record inspections
has enabled Taciak to be more efficient and strengthen customer relationships. With inspection services Taciak is able to build trust by
including visual proof with any service recommendation. 800/7697743; www.ridgid.com.

Trailer jetter survives rollover accident


Problem:
Drain techs from a Memphis,
Tennessee, company were on their
way to a job when they were involved
in an accident and their Spartan Soldier jetter was flipped. A nonworking jetter would mean the loss of
thousands of dollars in scheduled
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jetter. However, the Spartan Soldier is so durable that it was turned upright and
the damage was only cosmetic. All Spartan jetter trailers are fully certified by the
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machines, says Kelly Ricklic, maintenance supervisor at the school. Gradall welcomed the opportunity to test Vacalls
on a specialized job, and we were very happy with the results. The schools track
loader was used to push the rubber infill to the edge of the playground, where it
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Product
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1.

2.

Hose adapter provides a secure connection


By Kyle Rogers

he Hose Adapter
Thingy (HAT) manufactured by National
Metal Fabricators aims to
solve a common problem
for vac truck operators
a poor connection between boom and hose.
Its one of those
things where only the
people in the field know
what a pain it is as far as
keeping things hooked
up, says Tom Bonine, president of National Metal
Fabricators.
Thats exactly how the HAT
came to be. Mark Fisher of CamVac Inc. in Sandwich, Illinois, was using
DIY hacks to attempt to solve his hose connection issues out in the
field. Finally, he approached National Metal Fabricators.
He was trying to solve his own problem with a lot of duct tape and
other types of adapters, says Bonine. Then he had an incident where
the adapter disconnected because the hose got a little plugged up. He
was working at the bottom of a 15-foot-deep tank and was lucky it didnt
come down and hit him in the head. It just missed him. He thought
there had to be a better way. That was really it. It was just about trying
to solve these problems.
Bonine says the HAT was designed with three areas in mind: safety,
durability and ease of attachment. It is made out of 11-gauge steel, and
a simple latch system allows the operator to easily attach and detach
the hose.
There didnt seem to be anything out there that was quick and easy
and still provided a solid connection. You ended up using a lot of duct
tape, says Bonine. With the HAT, its just put the hose in, throw the
latch, and youre done. It takes five seconds.
Despite the ease of attachment, the connection is secure. Theres a
stainless steel round rod connected to the latch. It has a bend in it so
that when the latch is flipped, the rod pushes right up against the hose,
locking it in tight.
The HAT is designed for only 6-inch hose. The product is new to the
market and other sizes could be added eventually, Bonine says.
We want to see how this one goes first, he says. Right now were
going to stick with 6-inch because its so common and its just being introduced to the market, but weve already had distributors ask about getting it for 4-inch. Were going to make sure everything is good with the
6-inch, and then use the same design and just bring the diameter down.
800/323-8849; www.nmfrings.com.

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3.

4.

1. Ditch Witch turbocharged utility tractors

Ditch Witch RT105, RT125 and RT125 Quad utility tractors are powered
by 107 and 121 hp turbocharged, Tier 4 Deutz engines and feature standard
four-wheel-drive systems. The RT125 Quad is also equipped with a ground drive
system, which senses load conditions and adjusts automatically. Redesigned
workstations are equipped with 5-inch color LCD instrument displays, tilt steering columns and increased legroom. 800/654-6481; www.ditchwitch.com.

2. Milwaukee Tool M12 and M18 LED lighting

New additions to Milwaukee Tools lineup of lighting solutions are


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severe water hammer. The valve may require a flow limiter set during commis-

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sioning to ensure the valve will reclose. The 106 RPS-R&R valve is designed for
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or an internal power supply and is controlled by using the video APIs DirectShow or Video4Linux. 503/684-8005; www.sensoray.com.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

DECEMBER 2016

SkyBitz names VP of sales

Trenchless industry veteran


Sam Gardiner passes away

Carolyn Rehling was named vice president of sales for


SkyBitz Local Fleets division. Rehling has 20 years of executive sales experience.

Signet Enterprises launches


Creative Polymer Solutions

Carolyn Rehling

Signet Enterprises, a private investment firm, launched


Creative Polymer Solutions (CPS) in Irondale, Alabama. CPS specializes in
polyurethane and polyurea products used for the prevention of corrosion
and treatment of corroded surfaces. The company will share a facility with
another Signet company, Sprayroc Inc.

Reed Manufacturing Co.


names sales director

Longtime wastewater and trenchless rehabilitation


industry fixture Sam Gardiner passed away in Peru, Illinois, on Oct. 14, 2016. Sam spent his career in the industry, challenging the status quo and offering a unique
perspective. Always an innovator, he took great pride in Sam Gardiner
teaching his tips and tricks to others, often paired with witty commentary.
Sam crossed paths with many in the industry at the annual WWETT show,
and the family plans to hold a celebration of his life during the upcoming
show. To stay in contact for additional information or to share stories, contact Matthew Gardiner at mgardiner@aroldcompanies.com.

GPS Insight ranks on Inc. 5000 list

Reed Manufacturing Company promoted Tim Donohue


to national sales director. Donohue joined Reed in 2008
and has 25 years of experience in the industrial and construction industries.

Mueller Co. names new sales VP

GPS Insight was ranked No. 3,668 on Inc. Magazines 500/5000 list. The
Inc. 5000 list recognizes the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the United
States. GPS Insight has ranked on the Inc. 5000 for the last seven years.
Tim Donohue

Mueller Co. named Mike Lindgren vice president of sales. Lindgren


has spent nearly 25 years with Mueller Co. and will be taking over for the
retiring Mike Williams.

TRIC Tools provides training in Tel Aviv


TRIC Tools Inc. sent Gennady Belous to Tel Aviv, Israel, to provide additional training to Israeli Meiri and Sons Ltd. Belous is a certified trainer
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Taking
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tHe JoB: Oregon Jamboree


locAtIoN: Sweet Home, Ore.
tHe PRo: Bucks Sanitary Service
<<< Susie Sieg, of Bucks Sanitary Service,
unloads a Satellite Industries Maxim 3000
restroom at the Oregon Jamboree.
(Photos by Peter Krupp)

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.

FOCUS: WATER

PLANNING
WITH VISION

the crew at Bucks Sanitary


provides service that sings
for oregon Music Festival

Water department team


County of Kauai, Hawaii

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PLANNING
2013 EXPO SHOW ISSUE

Entertainment: Just an Ole Boy Page 16 | Expo Eats: 10 to Try Page 38 | Attractions: Tip a Frosty Mug Page 30

WITH VISION

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

The Kauai water


The
White
department
traverses
Test
a Glove
clear
path
toward
cleanliness means success for
North carolinas
teS Group
system
revitalization
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From left, Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Department of Water Board Chair
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manager Dustin Moises attend a dedication ceremony for a new 500,000gallon tank in Omao, led by kahu (or pastor) Ipo Kahaunaele.

oN locAtIoN

Taking
a Bow

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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 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


to pick up toilets if theyre
all in one spot. I probably
spent a little bit extra labor,
but at least you dont
have to send somebody
with a map to go to this

Craig Shirai feeds 1-inch soft


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

get these six,

go to another campground,

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


and the financial needs of the system.get these eight.
radio at all times so Weld, his son and another member of the team stayed in
The survey rated the condition
a motor home at one of the campgrounds.
newly installed water meter from
of the overall system as poor, notScottAWeld
Venue units were serviced each night from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. At 6:30
Badger Meter.
ing the deterioration of pipelines
a.m. they started in on the campground units, finishing around 9:30 a.m.
and mapping a series of vulnerable
During the day, they pumped out 20 RVs and 19 holding tanks 10 at the
The rst step in any major construction project undertaken by the
Ductile iron is faring much betmainlines located in remote areas
two shower facilities and the balance for the food vendors.
County of Kauai Department of Water is the blessing of the project by
ter, with occasional pinholes presentwith poor access that impeded repair
Five service vehicles were used: A 2010 Peterbilt 335 and a 2008
a Hawaiian kahu, a local spiritual leader.
ing the worst problems. Eddy notes
and maintenance.
International 4300, both built out by Progress Vactruck with 1,500-gallon
that the island is fortunate to posThe grounds of the island are sacred in so many ways, says Bill
That study preceded Water Plan
waste/500-gallon freshwater aluminum tanks; a 2001 Isuzu FTR from
sess largely neutral soil.
2020, a thorough roadmap to reviEddy, deputy manager with the department. We have a priest or
<<< The Bucks team includes, from
Workmate/FMI Truck Sales & Service with an 850-gallon waste/350-gallon
While
talizing the water system.
priestess bless the grounds in any project that involves digging.
left, Milah
Weld,aggressive
Susie Sieg, Josh
freshwater steel tank; and two 2000 International 4700s built out by Lely
soils
inWeld,
OahuScott
and Weld and
I was the director at the Maui
Wooley,
Sten
Eddy notes that the original Hawaiians didnt possess iron tools and
Manufacturing Inc. with 750-gallon waste/350-gallon freshwater steel tanks.
Eric Brownrigg.
Water Board at the time that Water
used wooden or stone tools instead.
All have Masport pumps.
Plan 2020 was being developed, says
Because digging in rm ground was so difcult, they buried their
David Craddick, current manager and
Waste was transported to the companys yard each night and transferred
ancestors in the sand or in caves, he says. When we break ground to
chief engineer at Kauai. I watched
to a 20,000-gallon tank. From there, another pumping contractor picked up
country
musicamazement
festival. Surprisingly,
Wynonna Judd said yes and the festival
The
very day
we found
out
wedareas
havealong
to move
our shop,
somebody
construct
a pipeline
in the
sandy
the coast,
we sometimes
with some
at the number
the waste and disposed of it by land application.
hasofattracted
top talent
ever that
since.
In 2012, the 9,000 residents welcomed
came come
through
theadoor
to buy and
Bucks
community
meetings
were
across
burialand
site,said,
so weDo
haveyou
thewant
area blessed
ask back?
forgive-It
40,000
AugustErnest
3-5, most
was really a door closing, door opening, all in the same day. They quickly
heldvisitors
by manager
Lauofatwhom
the camped out. Judd was back to help
ness for disturbing the dead.
But different
celebrate
the Jamborees
along with Rascal Flatts, Dierks
JefferysaMe
Silva (foreground)
and Corey Silva clean caked red Kauai dirt off a
jumped at the chance.
time. The
community20th
wasanniversary,
heavily
Any contact with historic artifacts or burial sites is also overseen
Grundomat
toolan(TT
Bentley,
thein
Charlie
Daniels
and enough performers for 22 shows on
Inhorizontal
one sense, boring
Weld was
oldTechnologies).
pro at this event, so it was pretty much
involved
developing
theBand,
plan, and
Today
their business
is exclusively
restrooms,
serving
the
by a cultural
monitor, an
archeologicalportable
expert, the
Kauai Burial
Council
twothats
stages.
Other
attractions
included
wineESTABLISHED:
gardens, merchandise
business as usual, he says. On the other hand, the size and scope had
YEAR
why
the plan
has been
imple-beer and
100-mile-wide Willamette Valley. Theyve got about 1,500 Satellite Industries
and the State Historic Preservation Division to ensure that any bones
booths
and a kids
zone.much
The event
is held in a no-facilities,
20-acre park-like
1960
changed
significantly
the amazement
years their first
brought in 60
mented
without
further
units gray Tufways and Maxims (and a few white ones for weddings, and
I
watched
with over
some
at year,
the they
number
of the deceased iwi are treated with care and respect.
setting
near
the
edge
of
the
picturesque
town.
units
for one venue and four campgrounds. That was the most difficult
debate
in
fi
nancing
the
projects.
green units for their University of Oregon tailgating; quack shacks, they call
POPULATION SERVED:
ofthing
community
meetings that were held by manager
At the end of a project, we also hold a dedication ceremony in
for me, he says. So I had to get my act together. He quickly got his
To date, $125 million of a pro66,000
them after the Oregon Ducks mascot), several ADA-compliant Freedoms
Ernest
Lau it.
atYouve
the time.
The
community
was
heavily
which we give thanks for
keepingthe
safe,Engineering
Eddy says. Crowd
arms around
got to just
scratch
your head and
kick
it in gear and
posed $600 million has been spent
and wheelchair-accessible
Liberties
anworkers
Ameri-Can
By the nuMBers
AREA SERVED:
go. We in
didnt
stop moving all
weekend.
involved
developing
the
plan, and thats why the plan
on the program with the department
Improving
waterand
system
considered
good work
thattrailers
improves
Pleaser
restroomthe
trailer,
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making
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has been implemented without much further debate
DEPARTMENT
STAFF:
Liberties,
oneschedule.
Standing Room Only urinal unit,
and the balance
Tufways),
struction
special events, including, in 2012, the U.S. Olympic track-and-field trials.
in financing the projects.
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three restroom
trailers,
and 73
hand-wash stations
Current work
involves
a continuthe companys
inventory,
Inc. Tag Alongs
INFRASTRUCTURE:
in diameter for those lines serving Waves
ing 455 inches annually. This is also
ing from
emphasis
on replacing
pipelines.the rest PolyPortables,
David Craddick
colleague).
400 miles of water mains
just a few customers on isolated rented from
the oldest
of the main Hawaiian
Eacha of
the old pipe materials
Making
connections
routes to 24-inch mains. The distriislands
and the most eroded. Fresh
continues
display
its ownfive
weaknow adding 3 feet of cover to the
Honolulu are notorious for attackSome 115to
units,
including
handicap-accessible,
were set up at the
ANNUAL DEPARTMENT
The Welds live in Sweet Home so theyve always had the hometown
bution system is comprised of every- main
rock is more permeable, but old
ness,
notes
top of the pipe, Eddy says. Were
ing water infrastructure, the exteBUDGET:
venue
Eddy.
a fewWere
at bus seeing
stops, failthe hospitality
center, and parking lots,
advantage for the Jamboree and Bucks has done it since its beginning in
thing from galvanized steel to butures
rock doesnt offer good geology for
in theinjoints
rubber
gaskets
enforcing the new standard to see
rior of iron pipe fares well in Kauai,
Operating,
$25.4
million;
the bulk
largeand
banks,
along
with six to eight
hand-wash
stations,
were
1996. They feel confident theyll retain the work as long as they provide good
$26.2
(2013)
asbestos cement, cast iron, ductile placed
wells, so we still need to practice
of asbestos
cement
pipe
have The capital,
if it has an effect on breakage.
making ductile iron the replacement
at the four
corners
of that
the facility.
crew placed
themillion
ACSI trailers
service and a reasonable price.
iron, concrete cylinder and PVC. near
water conservation despite the heavy
caused
us a for
lot the
of trouble.
Castand
ironthe Ameri-Can
Sections of older pipelines are
material of choice.
the stage
performers
Engineering trailer in
ASSOCIATIONS:
Pipes range in age from brand new thelines
rainfall in parts of the island. Our
brittle
and are
subject
also being aligned with public roads
American
food become
court/beer
garden,
along
with the urinal
unit. Water Works
up to 90 years old.
water
supply
relies 85 percent on
to full circle cracks, often due to
as they are replaced. From the
Mains buried deeper
Association, Hawaii Water
the
Main
event
Thirty units and six hand-wash stations were arranged in two banks
A thorough survey of the system
groundwater and 15 percent on surtree
roots or ground shifts. PVC
Works Association, National
1920s to the 1950s, they were typiThe Kauai team is now burying
In the early 90s, when Sweet Home came up with an idea to help
smaller, the
adjacent
The life
rest of the
inventory
taken to 23
Rural
Waterwas
Association
conducted in the late 1990s revealed at areaching
face water.
end ofvenue.
its service
cally aligned along the shortest
new mains deeper than in the past.
fund civic
projects,
this little
asked adefi
bigciencies
star to perform
at their first
units were
rented to individual campsites.
in pipe condition,
along campgrounds.
Water
is pumped
intotown
storage
is subject toThirteen
lateral cracks,
particuroute, which caused them to be
Some of the older pipes were burWEBSITE:
(continued)
with concerns about system capacity,
tanks, then transmitted through a
larly the thinner material installed
installed through pastures, forests
ied less than 3 feet deep, and were
www.kauaiwater.org
water supply levels, storage capacity
pipe system ranging from 3/4 inches
decades ago.
(continued)
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 WATER PROJECTS


BEGIN WITH A BLESSING

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.

POSTERS

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
(continued)
the wettest location on Earth,
receivThe island has unique chal(continued)

Unique supply challenges

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.

PROFILE:
Department of
Water, County of
Kauai, Hawaii

^^^ Milah Weld helps out her fathers crew, keeping restrooms and hand-wash
stations stocked with soap and paper products at the Oregon Jamboree, including these Wave sinks from Satellite Industries.

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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.

on Earth, receiving 455 inches annually.


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

Unique supply challenges


The island has unique chal-

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
construct a pipeline in the sandy areas along the coast, we sometimes
come across a burial site, so we have the area blessed and ask forgiveness for disturbing the dead.
Any contact with historic artifacts or burial sites is also overseen
by a cultural monitor, an archeological expert, the Kauai Burial Council
and the State Historic Preservation Division to ensure that any bones
of the deceased iwi are treated with care and respect.
At the end of a project, we also hold a dedication ceremony in
which we give thanks for keeping the workers safe, Eddy says.
Improving the water system is considered good work that improves
the lives of island residents.

ing 455 inches annually. This is also


the oldest of the main Hawaiian
islands and the most eroded. Fresh
rock is more permeable, but old
rock doesnt offer good geology for
wells, so we still need to practice
water conservation despite the heavy
rainfall in parts of the island. Our
water supply relies 85 percent on
groundwater and 15 percent on surface water.
Water is pumped into storage
tanks, then transmitted through a
pipe system ranging from 3/4 inches

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 horhor
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,
sliplined with 16-inch HDPE.
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

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
mainlines located in remote areas
system to detect most large leaks.
with poor access that impeded repair
Repair crews are split into two
and maintenance.
teams, with field crews handling
That study preceded Water Plan
pipelines and distribution located
sess largely neutral soil.
2020, a thorough roadmap to revialong the coast, and plant crews han
hanSwitching to RFPs
While aggressive
talizing the water system.
dling wells and storage tanks located
During fiscal year 2011-12, the
soils in Oahu and
I was the director at the Maui
Water Board at the time that Water
Plan 2020 was being developed, says
David Craddick, current manager and
Bill Eddy, deputy manager and engineer,
chief engineer at Kauai. I watched
County of Kauai Department of Water.
with some amazement at the number
of community meetings that were
held by manager Ernest Lau at the
time. The community was heavily
involved in developing the plan, and
YEAR ESTABLISHED:
thats why the plan has been imple1960
mented without much further
debate in financing the projects.
POPULATION SERVED:
To date, $125 million of a pro66,000
posed $600 million has been spent
AREA SERVED:
on the program with the department
68 square miles
making good progress on its conDEPARTMENT 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 emphasis
on replacing
pipelines.
Grundomat
horizontal
boring tool
(TT Technologies).
400 miles of water mains
just a few customers on isolated
Each of the old pipe materials
routes to 24-inch mains. The districontinues to display its own weakANNUAL DEPARTMENT
bution system is comprised of every- Iness,
notes Eddy.
Were
seeing
failwatched
with
some
amazement
at the number
BUDGET:
thing from galvanized steel to
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
of asbestos cement pipe that have
atofthe
time.
was heavily
iron, concrete cylinder and PVC. Ernest
causedLau
us a lot
trouble.
CastThe
iron community
ASSOCIATIONS:
Pipes range in age from brand new
lines become
brittle and are
subject
involved
in developing
the
plan, and
thats Water
why the
plan
American
Works
up to 90 years old.
full circle cracks, often due to
Association,
Hawaii
Water
hastobeen
implemented without much
further
debate
A thorough survey of the system
tree roots or ground shifts. PVC
Works Association, National
in financing
Rural Water Association
conducted in the late 1990s revealed
reaching the end
of its service the
life projects.
deficiencies in pipe condition, along
is subject to lateral cracks,
particuDavid
Craddick WEBSITE:
with concerns about system capacity,
larly the thinner material installed
www.kauaiwater.org
water supply levels, storage capacity
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

PROFILE:
Department of
Water, County of
Kauai, Hawaii

rior of iron pipe fares well in Kauai,


making ductile iron the replacement
material of choice.

Starting At

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.

Mains buried deeper


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

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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PEOPLE/AWARDS
Andrew Stevenson, manager at ATAP Infrastructure Management Ltd.,
was unanimously elected by the Canadian Public Works Associations board
of directors to serve as the CPWA president for a two-year term.
City of Peoria (Illinois) officials announced a grant that will fund an
innovative vacant lot project through a new public-private partnership. A
collaboration among the city of Peoria, Chicago-based real estate developer
Fresh Coast Capital, AKRF and The Gifts in the Moment Foundation was
awarded a nearly $1 million USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant
to install a stormwater solution pilot project.
The borough of Pottstown (Pennsylvania) received a $40,000 Schuylkill
River Restoration Fund Grant for a stormwater filter project. The borough
will install a new backflow prevention device to mitigate chronic roadway
flooding as well as a new water quality unit to remove pollutants.
Interlinked improvements to Chrysler Beach near the St. Clair River in
Marysville, Michigan, were honored with the Presidents Award from Keep
Michigan Beautiful Inc. To improve the rivers water quality, rain gardens
and bioswales were installed to filter stormwater runoff.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Delaware
The University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering Professional
Development is offering Municipal Engineering Fundamentals for Non-

Engineers on Dec. 6-7 in Newark, Delaware. Visit epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.

Water Environment Federation


The WEF is offering a Utility Management seminar/conference on
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American Public Works Association 2017 North American Snow Conference,
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, Iowa. Visit www.apwa.net.
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Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit www.awwa.org.
June 25-28
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American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 2017 Annual International
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- V-Belt Drive
- Triplex Plunger Pump
- 55.5GPM - 3500PSI - 3+5+
Lifetime
Manufacturers
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Warranty
- Jetter/Pulse
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3/8"
3/
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& 4 Jetter Nozzles Included. 300 Jetter Hose - 50' Hose,
Trigger Gun, Wand, Chemical
$
Injector, & QC Nozzles

WaterCannon.com

5255

Industry Trained Staff

1,099

available from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


weekdays E.S.T.

4,599

YEARS OF
SERVICE

15J91 - Electric Jetter Package

- Comm
Commercial Industrial Grade
Motor 2.0
2. HP - 115 Volt Single
Phase 18 Amp - GFCI Protected
- Portable
Portabl with Rollcage
- General
Triplex Plunger
Ge
Pump - 2.0GPM
- 1500PSI - 2+5+5
2+5+ Year Manufacturers
Warranty - Jetter/Pulse Valve On
Demand - Ball Valve - Assembled in USA - 150' x 3/16"
4000 PSI Red Jetter Hose - 50' x 1/8" 4000 PSI Red Jetter
Hose - 4 Jetter Nozzles

1,399

16T52 - 2 Wheel Road Ready


Commercial Jetter Trailer
Electric Rewind High Capacity,
500' x 3/8" or 350' x 1/2" Hose
Reel - 200 Gallon Tank with
Float Valve - Poly Tool Box
- Lights, Front Jack with Wheel,
SSafety
af Chains, Aluminum Fenders
- Commercial High Pressure Jetter Vanguard 18 HP
Electric Start Engine - V-Belt Drive - Trailer Mounted Skid
- 15 Gallon Fuel Tank - Tank Feed Capable - General Triplex
Plunger Pump - 5.5GPM - 3500PSI - Pump Mounted
Jetter Pulse Valve - Foot Valve with 8' jumper Hoses
- 3 Jetter Nozzles, Penetrator, Flusher & De-Greaser/De-Icer
- 1 Year Manufacturers Warranty
Jetter Hose & Attachment
Kits Sold Separately

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