Posts Tagged ‘breaks’

Costa Mesa uses PICA SeeSnake on award winning project.

September 14, 2012 1 comment


Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) was recently presented the Avoiding Disasters by Proactively Assessing Sewer Force Main Conditions – INNOVATIVE PROGRAM/PROJECT AWARD by the California Special Districts Association.

As stated in their application, “Sewer force main pipes are ticking time bombs for public agencies”. Aiming to prevent a ruptured force main similar to one that ruptured for a nearby agency (spilling nearly 2.3 million gallons of untreated sewage into three creeks), CMSD employed an innovative process to accurately assess their pipeline.

First, CMSD’s team of experts successfully cleaned 1,500 ft of sewer force mains using poly pigs made of flexible open cell polyurethane foam. No pigs got lodged in the pipeline and there was no disruption of service to customers. Then PICA employed its SeeSnake RFT tool to measure wall thickness. The results have confirmed CMSD’s decision to assess these lines and are immediately making plans to rehabilitate the force main before a sanitary sewer overflow occurs.

CMSD Engineer, Rob Hamers, stated that he has “waited over 30 years for a tool like SeeSnake” and compares it to be equivalent to the invention of the calculator for engineers.

Congratulations to CMSD and their proactive approach to force main management!


Worried about a main break?

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment

You’re not alone. Around the country, high profile mains continue to fail. A quick Google search for “water main breaks” yields more results than people feel comfortable acknowledging. Here are three examples: Central Park West, Boston, and Durham.

Asset management is a difficult job. Mains are unpredictable and many operators feel they lack the tools (and money) to effectively battle these breaks. At PICA, we are working hard to develop economical Direct Condition Assessment tools that empower decision makers. More effective asset management is possible.

Check out our website or call us to learn more.

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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