Hillsborough County using SL-RAT to Fight Against Inflow and Infiltration

Rich Cummings, outgoing Director of Hillsborough County Field Maintenance Services Division, shares insights on what are effective tools for mitigating Inflow and Infiltration. Cummings recommends the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool, or SL-RAT, as an easy way to quickly inspect sewer lines at low cost.

“This could tell me in less than one and a half minutes whether or not that system was good to go or wasn’t,” he says. “There’s nothing else out there that is even close to that.”

– Rich Cummings

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Cincinnati Integrates Innovative Solutions

This month’s Municipal Sewer & Water Magazine cover story features Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s implementation of innovative above-ground storm water conveyance solutions to reduce CSO events.

The Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool, or SL-RAT, is included in the list of tools MSDGC uses in their asset-management program. In 2014, MSDGC collaborated with the EPA in research demonstrating the use of the SL-RAT and seven years later, we’re glad the SL-RAT remains a relevant and innovative solution for risk mitigation!

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Clarkdale Uses Sound to Detect Sewer Blocks

The Town of Clarkdale, Arizona, will be working with contractors, R.H. Borden and Co., to proactively find blockages in their system with the SL-RAT. Using acoustic inspection costs the city 10% of traditional technologies and will help to map their entire system.

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Town of Midland, Ontario, using SL-RAT to inspect sewers twenty times faster

The Town of Midland in Ontario, Canada is using the SL-RAT to speed up their inspection process. By using acoustic inspection technology, they can focus costly cleaning and CCTV resources and increase sewer maintenance efficiency.

“Not only is this innovative technology helping to save an immense amount of time, but it’s also saving a considerable amount of resources, allowing us to shift those to other projects.”

– André Pepin, Acting Manager of Water & Wastewater Services.

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Oak Ridge Public Works using SL-RAT to find blockages

Oak Ridge Public Works, Tennessee, is using the SL-RAT to screen for blockages in their small diameter sewer lines. It’s always a good idea to alert residents that they may hear unusual sounds coming from their sewers!

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Acoustic Inspections Helps Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Prioritize Cleaning

Rehoboth Beach will utilize a part of a wastewater planning grant to rapidly screen 77,000 linear ft of sewer pipes using acoustic inspection technology. Results of this screening will help focus closed-circuit TV and sewer cleaning work, and is expected to take four weeks to complete.

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SL-RAT Improving Sheridan’s Sewer Program

Sheridan’s City Utilities Director, Dan Roberts, describes how the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool, or SL-RAT, has helped the city develop more targeted maintenance plans. Roberts says, “The device is really changing the game for us about how quickly we can assess sewers and then determine what is needed to actually maintain them.”

Sheridan’s previous approach consisted of a time-based maintenance program, inspecting the city’s 130 miles of pipeline at three year increments. Like most utilities, this leads to using time and resources to clean already clean pipes, and missing critical areas with blockages. By using the SL-RAT to quickly screen before deploying resources, Sheridan can have a more targeted cleaning approach.

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InfoSense BuyBoard status extended to all National Cooperative Members

InfoSense’s  BuyBoard vendor status, awarded by the National Purchasing Cooperative, is now extended to states other than Texas, effective 10/1/2019.

This allows all participating National Cooperative members to eliminate the bidding process and save time and cost associated with placing bids. BuyBoard vendors must go through the competitive procurement process and abide by competitive procurement laws to be approved.

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InfoSense Approved Buyboard Vendor through the Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (TX)

InfoSense, Inc., manufacturer of the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool (SL-RAT), is now an approved BuyBoard vendor through The Local Government Purchasing Cooperative starting 10/1/2019. This allows participating member cities, counties and other local government agencies in the state of Texas to eliminate the bidding process and save time and cost associated with placing bids. BuyBoard vendors must go through the competitive procurement process and abide by competitive procurement laws to be approved.

 

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Let it Flow. Mayor Davis, Suez-Bayonne Credit New Technology for Decrease in Blocked Sewer Lines

The City of Bayonne, since integrating the SL-RAT, has experienced an 83% decrease in blocked sewer lines in comparison with the same 6-month time period in 2018. By utilizing acoustic technology to scan for blockages, the city has effectively developed a preventative pipe cleaning operation.

Many cities deal with blockages in aging sewer systems. Bayonne is one of them. We hope this new technology will lead to a continuing improvement in the sewer system in the years ahead.

– Jimmy Davis, Mayor of Bayonne, NJ

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