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Planning + Teamwork = Inspection Success!

file-20160711104531Wachs Water Services parent company, Pure Technologies, was scheduled to perform an inspection on a high pressure zone transmission main for one of the largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation at their largest water treatment plant. With a network of nearly 5,600 miles of fresh water pipeline and over 5,400 miles of sewer pipeline, this utility’s service area spans nearly 1,000 square miles and they serve 1.8 million residents through approximately 460,000 customer accounts. This utility has a clear vision: To become a world-class provider of safe, reliable water and wastewater services that protects quality of life for its community.


As the Pure team members were preparing for the first phase of the inspection which would be to employ Smartball® leak detection platform, a free-swimming tool that can accurately identify leaks and air pockets in water and wastewater pipelines, it appeared that open interconnections were going to pose a problem. That’s when the large valve experts from Wachs Water Services were dispatched to perform the isolations necessary for a successful Smartball® inspection.

The Wachs crew successfully closed the 30″ valve that was holding up the utility’s crew – as they were unable to get the required turns to close the valve. Our crew then assisted the utility by closing of the remaining valves which included 2 – 30″, 1-24″, and 2 smaller 10″ valves.

After the Smartball® inspection concluded, the crews then proceeded with the second phase of the inspection using Pipediver®, an innovative, free-swimming assessment platform that is capable of operating while the main remains in service. Once the Pipediver® completed its course and was successfully extracted from the line, our crew the re-opened all of the valves and the system was restored to pre-inspection condition.

We are committed and dedicated to project success. Our teams in the field and behind the scenes are leaders in inspecting, monitoring, and managing the information of infrastructure.

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