Kentucky Utility Stays in Front of Problems

Proactive approach to inspection and maintenance limits collections system risks.

Kentucky Utility Stays in Front of Problems

Bryce Meier receives a pipe patch in a manhole for a sewer line repair.

The Public Services Department in Florence, Kentucky, keeps a close eye on its pipes, and it’s paying dividends.

The city’s wastewater collections system totals more than 130 miles of pipe with nearly 3,500 manholes. That includes 64 miles of clay pipe laid in the 1960s and another 68 miles of PVC pipe dating from the 1990s and early 2000s. The balance is concrete piping.

Nine department employees constitute the wastewater work crew — one supervisor and eight...

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