Jetter Pipe Cleaning Video Provides Essential Information

A new jetter pipe cleaning video will be available for distribution this fall.

Produced by NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) and industry partners, the video contains information about jetting equipment and tools and how they are used to safely and successfully clean pipes, said Sheila Joy, chairperson of the NASSCO committee responsible for developing the video.

“The video,” said Joy, “opens with basic information about pipe cleaning and its benefits and continues with an overview of jetter and vacuum equipment for pipe cleaning, including special nozzles, followed by a start-to-finish demonstration of cleaning sewer pipe, including large-diameter pipe. After watching it, viewers will have a clear, top-line understanding of best practices for cleaning sewer pipelines.”

The video is a stand-alone introduction to effective pipe cleaning as well as a complementary training tool for NASSCO’s respected Jetter Code of Practice Manual and other educational tools, Joy added. It is organized in modules that can be viewed individually to focus on the information that is most important to different categories of viewers. The production is well-suited for the education of representatives of municipal and sewer district departments and personnel of contractors who serve them.

Getting the word out
The video presentation, said Joy, is approximately 60 minutes in length. It will be available on DVD and for download from the NASSCO web site (, sponsor web sites, and will be on social media YouTube and Facebook.

“Our goal,” said Joy, “is to get the jetter message to as many outlets as possible.”

While most costs were covered by sponsor contributions and the video is not intended to be a revenue source for NASSCO, Joy said NASSCO will need to cover direct costs for production and distribution.

“The idea for the video came in the fall of 2010 at NASSCO’s executive committee meeting,” said Joy. “John Nelson (of Visu-Sewer) saw the need and presented the idea, and the committee approved moving forward.”

Ted DeBoda, NASSCO executive director, said the video was produced to support the association’s mission to set industry standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground pipelines, and to assure the continued acceptance and growth of trenchless technologies.

“Specifically,” he added, “we saw a need for dissemination of this pipe cleaning information, and NASSCO made a major commitment to the production of this extensive video in order to focus on best practices for cleaning and jetter usage.

Group effort
The video script was written in a cooperative effort by representatives of Jack Doheny Companies, Vactor, Vac-Con, Nozzteq, Compliance EnviroSystems, Visu-Sewer, Hoffman Southwest and Doetsch Environmental. Introduction and closing statements are delivered by DeBoda. Jon Schladweiler, curator of the historical section at UCT’s RehabZone, contributed historic data and images.

Joy said the video was funded primarily by sponsorships. Vac-Con, Jack Doheny Companies, and Vactor, a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corp., each contributing $10,000 platinum sponsorships and Nozzteq was a gold sponsor. Numerous companies and organizations provided support at the silver sponsorship level.

Taping locations for the video production were in Twinsburg, OH, and Lafayette, LA.

In addition to Chairperson Joy, of New Phase Marketing; members of the NASSCO committee overseeing the video project were John Nelson, Visu-Sewer; Brad Dutruch, Compliance EnviroSystems; and Mark Metcalfe, Hoffman Southwest.

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