A Model for Municipalities

Kansas utility’s in-house grouting program provides an efficient and cost-effective approach to reducing flow

A Model for Municipalities

The city of Olathe, Kansas, has an in-house grouting program for correcting inflow and infiltration issues. The utility’s I&I group has equipped a cargo trailer with all the tools, supplies and grout equipment they need to efficiently address problem manholes. 

Inflow and infiltration is a budget killer for utilities of all sizes. In addition to the bottom-line issue of treating extra water, I&I can create problems with capacity, potentially limiting community growth or necessitating additional facilities.

Staying on top of I&I is critical whether the work is in-house or outsourced. In-house programs can be cost-effective options. Hiring freezes or other budget constraints might dictate outsourcing.

The city of Olathe, Kansas, has...

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