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Drought Damage

Drought Damage

2014 drought conditions currently affect approximately 100 million U.S. residents, with conditions spanning the majority of the southwest region. The drought conditions have resulted in water pipelines bursting in record numbers causing structural damage and resulting in tremendous financial consequences for utilities and the communities they serve.

Every Drop Counts During a Drought



2014 drought conditions currently affect approximately 100 million U.S. residents, with conditions spanning the majority of America’s southwest region. The drought conditions have resulted in water pipelines bursting in record numbers causing structural damage and resulting in tremendous financial consequences for utilities and the communities they serve.

How Damage Happens
Soil surrounding buried water pipelines dries and shrinks in the summer, and freezes and expands in the winter, which can cause water pipes to shift and develop leaks. If the water main is old or in a structurally deficient condition, the changing ground conditions make the water main even more susceptible to leaks or failures.

Most Common Effects of a Drought
Droughts wreak havoc on water systems, in turn straining utilities and the local community. The table below illustrates the most common effects of a drought:

 

 

 

The Unpredictability of Droughts
As shown in the maps below, droughts strike at odd times and in odd places. It is important to bear in mind that over 45 of the 50 states (90 percent) have experienced drought conditions in a July month from July 2010 to July 2014.

 

Droughts are predictably unpredictable, and given the damage that they cause, it is important to have an action plan.

How We Help
Our team offers expert support, providing assistance before, during, and even after a drought. We offer help in the following areas:

• Asset Management
With extensive experience in asset management, we work with utilities of all sizes across the country. Our services help capture the location of working assets, resulting in quick isolation of main breaks.

• System Operation
Properly shutting down water systems and recharging systems is critical to ensure you do not cause further damage to your system. We happily provide support in this area.

• Leak Detection
Detecting leaks requires more than great equipment. It requires personnel experienced with listening to all types of pipe materials in a variety of conditions. Our highly trained staff provides expert leak detection services, allowing you to quickly find your leaks.

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