Archive for April, 2011

Water Main Break Clock

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment

The Uni-Bell PVC Corporation has put together an interesting Water Main Break Clock that provides water main break numbers and repair costs along with a ‘cost of corrosion’. 

There are also links to current news items regarding water main breaks in the U.S.

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“Life Extension” for water & waste water pipelines

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment


Dave Russell

A common expression used in the oil and gas industry is “life extension”. Usually people are referring to aging power stations, refineries or gas plants that have exceeded their design life and are “kept going” by intensive inspection programs that include NDT (Non Destructive Testing).

It is also a common term used in Asset Management Programs (AMPs) for buried oil and gas pipelines and above ground structures like bridges.

One day, I hope that the water and waste water business will start talking about “life extension”. In my mind, it is the only way to minimize the expense (currently estimated to be 334.8 billion dollars over the next two decades) of replacing aging water mains and sewer pipelines.

A discussion group that I have found valuable for members of the water and waste water community is the “Pipeline Condition Assessment Group” on LinkedIn:

Kind regards,
Dave Russell

Welcome to the PICA Corp blog!

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

PICA Corp (Pipeline Inspection and Condition Analysis) provides Direct Condition Assessment for metallic pipelines. We believe that “Good Decisions start with Good Information”.

We have created this blog as a resource for collecting the “Good Information” available online for the water and wastewater industry. Although we will be posting PICA-specific news from time to time, we hope to publish more content featuring the industry-wide commentary, tools and links essential for owners, operators and other stakeholders in this rapidly expanding pipeline industry.

Please feel free to comment, question and add to the posts. We welcome you to our community.

For specific information regarding who we are and what we do, check out our website or email us at .

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