Sewer Asset Management

Florida County Awards 30-Mile Sewer Assessment to Electro Scan

Electro Scan was chosen by the Hillsborough County, Public Utilities Department, Florida, to support its Inflow/Infiltration study for the Dale Mabry Wastewater Collection Basin, the company announced.

Kansas City's Smart Sewer Program Selects Electro Scan for 22-Mile Sewer Condition Assessment Project

Electro Scan Inc. has announced that its patented technology has been selected for a 22-mile sewer condition assessment project for the City of Kansas City, Missouri as part of Kansas City’s Smart Sewer program.

Fort Wayne Announces $100 Million in Utility Infrastructure Investments

City officials in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Monday announced plans to invest $100 million in city neighborhoods for stormwater protection, sanitary sewer improvements, and water pipe upgrades.

EPA Announces New WIFIA Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the availability of funding to provide an estimated $6 billion in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans in 2019.

Miami-Dade Almost Out of Money for Federally Mandated Sewage System Upgrades

Miami-Dade County, Fla., is on the brink of running out of money to pay for federally mandated upgrades to its outdated sewage system. This revelation comes just days after more than 700,000 gallons of sewage dumped into Biscayne Bay from the last remaining pump station yet to be scheduled for repairs.

First Look: Utilizing Inertial Navigation Technology for 3D Mapping, Locating, Management

Over the last two decades, significant advances have been made in the quality and application of inertial navigation technology targeted at mapping underground pipe and duct assets. This article provides information on pipeline technologies that are available to map a minimum internal diameter (ID) of 1.6-inch to larger sizes. The pipeline mapping system offers a range of solutions that can map any pipe, regardless of its material, depth or type of utility.

Breaking Records in a Conservation Park

Watercare Services of New Zealand engaged McConnell Dowell and McMillen Jacobs to increase the outfall capacity for its Army Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project involved installing a new wastewater outfall, upgrading the existing pump station and building a new ultraviolet disinfection facility.

Pennsylvania American Water Expands Wastewater Footprint with Acquisition of Municipal Sewer System in Chester County

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, announced today that it has acquired the wastewater system assets of Sadsbury Township in Chester County for a purchase price of approximately $8.6 million. The transaction marks Pennsylvania American Water’s second acquisition to close under recent legislation that allows municipalities to sell water and wastewater systems for a price based on the fair market value of the system.

Ansonia Sewer Authority to Pay Cost of Sewer Collapse; Chairman Walks Out

A heated dispute over who will pay for the massive sewer pipe collapse in Ansonia, Conn., ended with the apparent resignation of city's Water Pollution Control Authority chairman after his commissioners authorized paying the bill.

22nd Annual Municipal Sewer/Water Infrastructure Survey

Underground Construction's exclusive annual survey revealed stronger budgets for many cities and growing expectations for a prolonged, stronger economy – but municipal personnel remain cautious.

North Texs UCTA, BAMI-I Team Up on Asset Management Conference

The Buried Asset Management Institute-International (BAMI-I) and Underground Construction Technology Association North Texas Chapter (UCTA-NT) have teamed up to present Certificate of Training in Asset Management (CTAM), Nov. 5-8, at the Upper Trinity Regional Water District Administration Building ..

Using Risk to Drive Pipeline Integrity Programs

Jennifer Steffens, P.E.  |  NASSCO Pressure Pipe Committee The management of critical infrastructure is a major challenge for water and wastewater utilities as populations increase, available resources decrease, and pipelines need to be maintained, since wholesale replacement of these assets is not..

SPX to Acquire CUES

SPX Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase CUES, Inc., a leading manufacturer of pipeline inspection and rehabilitation equipment headquartered in Orlando, Fla. Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of SPX will be merged with CUES’ parent company, ELXSI Corporation..

Red Hen Systems Creates Pipeline Leak Detection System

Red Hen Systems, a Colorado geospatial company with 21 years of experience locating infrastructure using video mapping technology, today announced it has developed Pipeline Leak Detection Services (PLDS). PLDS utilizes a multi-sensor detection system to locate, and quantify in real-time fugitive met..

Even Pipelines Are Happy When PICA Is On The Job

Pipeline Inspection and Condition Analysis (PICA) Corporation is currently performing an inspection of 4 miles of 66-inch cement and steel cylinder lined PCCP pipe in southern California. To test the resolution of PICA’s brand new In-Line Inspection Tool, the customer embedded some small button magn..

CUES Releases PICS Cross Bore Inspection Camera

The new CUES Pullback Inspection Camera System (PICS) 2-inch to 4-inch bore hole inspection camera helps eliminate cross bores in directional drilling operations. Its robust inspection capabilities provide a powerful way to inspect, assess, mitigate, record and manage HDD operations. PICS is compat..

Pure Technologies Receives Pipeline Condition Assessment Contract

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) has awarded Pure Technologies’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Pure Technologies U.S. Inc., a contract worth up to US$4.2 million over five years for the inspection of their Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipelines (PCCP). Work under the contract ..

Black & Veatch and Aeryon Labs Launch End-To-End Aerial Pipeline Inspection Solution for Utilities

Black & Veatch and Aeryon Labs have launched an end-to-end asset management inspection solution leveraging drone technology for global energy clients. Aeryon’s commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) hardware, software and services enable the capture of critical infrastructure condition data that is..

Consumers Energy to Take Closer Look at Copper Gas Lines

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy has agreed to inspect certain natural gas lines every three years instead of five. The utility is responding to a request from state regulators. The state says leak rates in copper gas lines have climbed in comparison to steel lines that are coated and wrapped..

Colorado Regulators: 430 Pipelines Failed Leak Test

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators say about 430 oil or gas pipelines near occupied buildings failed a leak-detection test that the state ordered after a fatal explosion blamed on a gas line. The results were posted on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission website Wednesday. It wasn’t im..

Tiny Holes, Faulty Parts to Blame for Failed Pipeline Inspections

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators say tiny holes or faulty parts could be the reason that about 430 oil or gas pipelines failed a leak-detection test after a fatal explosion blamed on gas seeping from a severed line. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said Thursday the number of pipel..

Enbridge Fails Pipeline Inspection in Canada

Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) has issued three Inspection Officer Orders to Enbridge for failure to adhere to worker safety, pipe handling and environmental protection requirements during construction activity on the High Pine Expansion Project near Chetwynd, British Columbia. The NEB orders ..

REMOTE INSPECTION EQUIPMENT

Aires The new Mobile Pathfinder is an integrated inspection system with components operated by a controller that can be hand-held or desktop-mounted. The compact system combines a lightweight reel, with 1,000 feet of cable, and the Aries Pathfinder Series transporter. The Pan & Tilt camera, with a ..

Utility Achieves Methane Capture Milestone

SmSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the company has passed the one million cubic foot mark in its ongoing methane capture initiative. This innovative process allows for gas that would otherwise be vented to the atmosphere during pipeline replacement work to be saved and reinject..

Pipeline Board: Let Campus Experts Analyze Enbridge Line 5

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An advisory group is recommending that Michigan universities analyze the worst-case scenario of an oil pipeline failure in the Straits of Mackinac. The effort would be led by Michigan Tech University, which would collaborate with experts at other universities. The recommendati..

Water Utility Asks Ratepayers to Refrain from Water Usage

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A water utility in Vermont’s Chittenden County says it is asking customers to refrain from using water for most of the day this Wednesday. The conservation notice is from Champlain Water District, and lasts from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Burlington Free Press repo..

Pennsylvania DEP Implements Plan to Improve Drinking Water Quality Inspections

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced plans to expedite the filling of vacancies and the training of new staff to bolster program resources for the Safe Drinking Water (SDW) program. “Ensuring that Pennsylvania’s drinking water is clean and safe to drink is one..

Drones to Detect Power Outages in Illinois

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An electrical and natural-gas service company in central Illinois is using a fleet of drones to detect power outages, inspect power lines and poles and plan for construction projects. The News-Gazette reports that Ameren Illinois officials demonstrated the drones Tuesday in Urba..

Pure Technologies Awarded Sewer, Water Inspection Contract in D.C.

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority  (DC Water) has awarded Pure Technologies’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Pure Technologies U.S. Inc., a contract worth up to $10 million over 5 years for condition assessment of their major water and sewer pipelines. Using its proprietary technologies a..

Durham Advises Residents to Close Toilet Lids Due to Sewer Cleaning

DURHAM (AP) — People living downtown in the American Tobacco district should close their toilet lids for the next two months to avoid “blowback” from sewer cleaning work. A news release Monday about the routine cleaning and inspections work in the city’s sanitary sewers said the process of “jetting..

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