Industry News Updates

We’re always happy to share industry news updates from the field with you.

Ductile Iron Pipe study – Findings from a study of usage of this traditional material pipeline have been reviewed in Water Utility Infrastructure Management. Member companies of the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA) are manufacturers of durable, environmentally responsible ductile iron pipe. The trade organization conducted the study in March and April of this year to help understand how experts with years of experience in the field feel about different choices in pipe materials. It drew more than 2,000 responses from long-time industry experts in every state in the nation — with 61 percent of those having more than two decades of experience. This study is an elaborate collection of the water community’s knowledge, expertise and field-born wisdom.

Sewer Rehab Lessons Shared – Water Online magazine’s September issue contains a very informative article sharing lessons gleaned from four public and private sewer system rehabilitation projects from the city of Westlake, Ohio. The projects were all performed in four different subdivisions developed from the 1950s to the 1970s, and the article covers different methods of inspection, assessment and repair.

Consultant Emphasizes Importance of Condition Assessment in Asset Management – CH2M HILL Director of Consulting Services, Jeff Sanford, penned a column for Water Online, touting the critical nature of infrastructure condition assessment as part of a strong, effective asset management program. In this era when municipalities are widely dealing with aging infrastructure, he says, everyone needs to determine the condition of their assets, then evaluate the need for, and select the most cost-effective repair, rehabilitation, and replacement solutions.