Article | September 10, 2019

Put A 'Stop' To Water-Main-Repair Shutdowns And Boil-Water Notices

Figure 1. Bypassing the shortest length of pipeline needed to repair the original problem isolated between the line-stop fixtures minimizes the number of service connections that need to be disrupted for the duration of the repair effort.

For most water or wastewater system operators, engineers, and repair crews, the only thing worse than facing a 24”-main emergency repair is facing an even larger one. To those who have never performed an emergency line stop and bypass, the idea of completing repairs with no service outage, no long-term shutdown, and no ‘boil water’ notice is almost beyond belief. To those who have, it’s a sigh of relief.

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