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Insituform thriving with trenchless water lines.

Trenchless water line technology has recently secured $3 million in new contracts for Insituform Technologies Inc., a company specializing in trenchless CIPP for water, sewer and oil pipelines. The new business comes on the heels of a water main renewal project in South Salt Lake City, UT, that won the Project of the Year award from Utah's chapter of the American Public Works Association.

The company credits the success to its Insituform Blue technology, which rehabilitates pipes to resolve leaks, water main breaks and loss of treated water. According to Daniel Cowan, vice president of technology operations, "Although Insituform has been in the potable water business for more than a decade, few people were even aware a year ago that there were trenchless solutions available for water lines. But we've seen the level of activity increase tremendously in the last 12 months as we have rolled out our Insituform Blue products."

The company is also deploying a robotic device, iTAP, which restores connections from inside the rehabilitated pipe without digging.

In South Salt Lake City, Insituform used its structurally lined Thermopipe product to rehabilitate 1,500 feet of 12-inch steel water line threatened by the weight of an interstate highway expansion above it. Service connections were installed with the iTAP system.

In Monroe, MI, Insituform will rehabilitate 11,500 feet of 8-inch water main and install 230 service connections via iTAP in a $2.3 million project. Monroe's Water and Wastewater Utilities also chose a structurally lined Thermopipe system.

At Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, Insituform will rehabilitate 2,000 feet of 18-inch water line and 2,000 feet of 24-inch water line with Insituform Blue technologies. The university turned to trenchless technology to address problems with the water lines in two areas with heavy traffic and high population concentrations to provide the least disruption as the $568,000 in work takes place.
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Title Annotation:WaterWorks NEWS
Publication:Underground Construction
Date:Oct 1, 2008
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