In a recent ceremony at Atlanta’s Chastain Park, the city marked the rehabilitation of the 100th mile of its old and deteriorated sanitary sewer system. Insituform rehabilitated all 100 mi. (161 km) in the effort, the largest single city-company partnership of its type in the United States.
Representing the city at the event was Jack Ravan, commissioner of the Department of Watershed Management, as well as Clair Muller and Howard Shook, chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Atlanta City Council.
“Insituform is proud to have served as Atlanta’s partner in this enormously important project,” said Thomas A. Rooney, the company’s CEO and president. “Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Shirley Franklin, Atlanta has one of the most ambitious sewer-repair projects under way in the United States. It’s important for Atlanta’s citizens and it’s important for the citizens of other cities needing such work that this project go well. We’re pleased to say that it has.
“Our commitment to the community is to accelerate this process and this is a good indication that we are on the right track,” Franklin added. “Insituform Technologies Inc., in partnership with our employees, has come in ahead of schedule and under budget.”
Insituform has repaired the 100 mi. of its pipe with its Insituform Cured-in-Place Pipe technology, in which a resin-impregnated Insituform tube is installed into a damaged sewer. This trenchless process results in a seamless, jointless “pipe-within-a-pipe.”
Insituform started on the program in 1994. It repaired between 2 and 5 mi. of pipe a year for several years until 2001, when work accelerated.
Under the leadership of Franklin, who made the project a priority, the work accelerated further. Since 2002, the company has been able to rehabilitate pipe at a rate of more than 30 mi. a year.
To earn the right to do the work, the company has won several contracts through competitive bid. The aggregate revenue from the contracts has been more than $30 million. Atlanta has approximately 1,600 mi. of sanitary sewers.
Atlanta is operating under a federal consent decree to repair its sewers by 2014. Franklin has established a goal of accomplishing the task by 2012.
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