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Force Mains: Not To Be Forgotten Assets

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During the development of the Johnson County Wastewater District (JCW) Asset Management Plan it became apparent the available data in the current system did not include sufficient information on the force mains. To evaluate the condition of the force mains and provide the missing information the District is embarking on a comprehensive and proactive approach to prioritization and inspect their force main assets. With the growing environmental awareness and ever increasing stringent environmental regulations, JCW took a proactive approach to develop force main asset management protocols and develop an inspection prioritization matrix. With nearly 40 miles of force mains, JCW's inventory is comprised of pipes varying in size, material type, age and condition.

This paper documents the implementation of asset management principles to develop an inspection prioritization matrix based on risk analysis, recommended inspection technologies and procedures for collecting data through scheduled routine physical inspections.

Keywords: Asset management plan; business risk exposure; condition assessment; force main inspection

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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