Development of Synthesis Reports on Drinking Water and Wastewater Pipeline Condition Assessment Technologies and Methodologies

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Drinking water infrastructure and sanitation infrastructure are critical to the economic, environmental, and social health of our civilization. WATERiD (Water Infrastructure Database) is an online database created primarily for the use of utility managers and municipality decision makers that struggle with obtaining easy access to comprehensive information about available pipeline condition assessment technologies and the experiences of other utilities in dealing with needs created by aging infrastructure. The development of WATERiD is funded and supported by the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Population of WATERiD included not only an extensive literature review and interviews with technology vendors, but also production of approximately 50 case studies based on interviews with experienced national and international utilities. This work was compiled to produce synthesis reports for the use of utility managers and personnel.

Two synthesis reports, one on the condition assessment of drinking water pipelines and one on the condition assessment of wastewater pipelines, were developed to help drinking water and wastewater utilities select the most appropriate pipeline condition assessment technologies for their circumstances (such as size of utility, geographical location, pipeline characteristics, etc.) and budget. An understanding of the available condition assessment technologies for pipelines, the current practices regarding pipeline condition assessment technologies, and the lessons learned and tips for success offered by experienced utilities will help utility managers and other decision makers to carry out pipeline condition assessment under their specific circumstances while minimizing time and cost. A standard data structure for collection of pipeline condition assessment project data is proposed in the synthesis reports. Use of the proposed data structures will help in further discovery of trends regarding current pipeline condition assessment practices. Knowledge on the part of the nation's utility managers will lead to improved public health, environmental health, and economic health and will lead to greater compliance with statutes and regulations that govern the quality of our nation's water. The guidance manual will provide a starting point for future development.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2012

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