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Pipeline Corrosion Assessment and Repair Tools Keep Utilities Out of the Headlines

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US water suppliers experience about 240,000 water main breaks per year.  That alarming figure is forcing utilities to include corrosion control as part of capital improvement and master planning efforts.

Now is the time for us to talk to our clients to find out if they have a proactive corrosion control program. If your clients haven't experienced a major failure of their water mains or force mains, they could soon.  

The good news is that Carollo can help our clients in a variety of ways. For example, replacing all old pipes in a collection system or distribution system is too costly, so finding and repairing the pipes in worst condition, based on risk, can save some real money for financially strapped agencies. 

Our infrastructure experts have also been successful at rehabilitating "at-risk" pipelines with epoxy coatings. Not only can this protect the pipeline from further corrosion, but it can also increase hydraulic capacity of existing pipelines by up to 50 percent!    

For more information on what you can do to help your clients  reduce the likelihood of such soggy and potentially smelly messes, here are some helpful ideas:

  • Check out this presentation, which reviews the causes of pipeline corrosion and techniques available for corrosion control. A corrosion control program often uses multiple tools for condition assessment, corrosion monitoring, protective coating, and cathodic protection. For general questions on corrosion, give Dave MacNevin a call (Broward County Office).
  • Talk to Rick King (Dallas Office) or Jennifer Stokke Nyfennegger (Sarasota Office) about pipe inspection techniques, 33 of which are shown here.
  • Contact Michael Fleury or Greg Gould (Las Vegas Office) for more information on affordable coating options for rehabilitation of pipelines and structures.

And in any case, be glad you're not a CCTV camera, especially in Florida. Click here to find out why.