Colorado Special Districts Pool Approves RH Borden Process

The Colorado Special Districts Property and Liability Pool announced the approval of an annual condition-based maintenance process provided by RH Borden “as an acceptable Best Practice alternative methodology for sewer maintenance as well as … fully compliant with the CSD Pool Sanitation Maintenance Warranty Program.” The SL-RAT helps collection system managers improve maintenance efficiency by identifying risk areas and reducing unnecessary cleaning. This approach helps to reduce water usage while integrating a process for maintaining a cloud-based GIS system of sewer assets.

The approval of this condition-based maintenance program allows CSD Pool members to receive a 5% group purchase discount on equipment and services from RH Borden, and “may effect a 33% discount on General Liability coverage.”

RH Borden has helped dozens of utilities in Utah and neighboring states with conducting acoustic inspections and manhole scanning. Learn more about RH Borden and Company here: https://www.rhbordenandcompany.com/

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SL-RAT saving Utah cities like Ivins water & money

The City of Ivins, UT, was maintaining their sewer lines like most utilities around the country – by cleaning the entire system on a time-based schedule. In Ivins case, they were cleaning 50 miles annually to prevent a handful of backup incidences. Since 2020, Ivins, Santa Clara and the Ash Creek Special Service District conducted a pilot acoustic inspection program with the help of R.H. Borden and Co.

Instead of cleaning every pipe, they discovered, by using the SL-RAT, that only 5% of the system actually required maintenance. Thousands of gallons of water, wear and tear on expensive cleaning equipment, and thousands of manhours were saved by inspecting prior to cleaning.

“This is the future. Eventually everyone will do it this way. I just feel like we saw a technology that might work, and it did.”

– Chuck Gillette, Ivins Public Works director

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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.

Please email sales@infosense.com or call 877-747-3245 if you’d like to schedule a free demo.

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