Arlington Makes Noteworthy Progress for Underground Infrastructures

Jun 14

Arlington Makes Noteworthy Progress for Underground Infrastructures

The University of Texas at Arlington has all hands on deck in participation of an all-encompassing, innovative sewer project. Engineers have collaborated on an underground infrastructure overhaul for sewer manholes across the city.  Currently, the University has established a cooperative to inspect hundreds of sewer manholes in an effort to detect any deterioration or erosion within these structures. Each manhole is four to five feet in diameter and can range from four to four-and-a-half feet tall. This is an important project as corrosion of the manholes can also put the sewer mains at risk, allowing rain and other runoff from the surface to enter the wastewater systems. Interestingly, there are more than 19,000 manholes citywide. The UTA project will inspect different categories, types and geographic locations of manholes in Arlington. Although the study will prioritize corrosion protection, the more important aspect of the project is to analyze the data in order to develop a system of prioritizing the remainder of the manholes. A different but equally engaging project, which preceded this effort, is the inspection of miles of sewer pipeline with the use of a robot. Interesting fact: The DFW Airport encompasses roughly 17,000 acres of land. It turns out that the land the airport sits on is larger than the island of Manhattan. DFW Airport is also making strides on behalf of the environment by becoming the first airport in North America to achieve carbon neutral status. The city has also installed water-saving plumbing fixtures in the airport restrooms, thereby saving over 5 million gallons of water each month. Dallas, Perma-Liner Industries would like to invite you to our exciting summer event! If you missed our Open House this month in California, no worries! Come to our Delaware Open House next month! Stay tuned for all of the details. It’s taking place from July 18th-20th. We want to see you there, and as always, we’ll have our experienced crew demonstrating equipment and all the latest in CIPP. Make a plan to attend and see you...

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Arlington is on a Roll with Sewer Robots

Jun 13

Arlington is on a Roll with Sewer Robots

The city of Arlington has come up with an ingenious way to keep tabs on water quality. Along with the University of Texas at Arlington, the city has collaborated on the use of robots for sewers. The cost to the city is expected to be less than half the cost of hiring a complete service to run a robot and interpret the data. A floating robot will be equipped with a high-definition video camera, a laser to scan the concrete pipe above the water line and sonar to scan below. It will be pulled through the pipes on a cable. The city has 1,222 miles of sewer pipe, but the robot’s workplace will be 48 miles of the largest concrete pipes, which range from 24 inches to 66 inches in diameter. The deployment of robotic technology is also a means to cut water loss. The robot, equipped with a high-resolution camera and special sensors, will be designed to detect leaks and flaws in pipe that can’t be seen from above ground. The city is currently seeking to determine whether the entire section of the 30-year-old water main should be replaced at an estimated $1 million or spot repairs could be made for less. This project will have several phases, including traditional infrastructure upgrades. Costs will also be reduced through more timely repairs and reduction of emergency situations. Interesting fact: the city of Arlington is requesting of residents using rain barrels, to use containers specifically designed as rain barrels. In lieu of buckets, garbage cans or other homemade containers. Other suggestions include: • Be sure to always remove the water that pools at the top of the rain barrel at least once or twice a week. • If possible, place your rain barrel on a surface that will soak up any water that overflows so it doesn’t pool and create a mosquito habitat. • Regularly inspect your rain barrel system. Check for cracks or...

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