Project Spotlight: What Lies Beneath

Hidden I&I sets a major sinkhole event into action.

Project Spotlight: What Lies Beneath

Water ran against the bricks of this manhole, which is more than 80 years old, causing it to lose mortar and some of its bricks. Infiltration from a broken stormwater pipe nearby then made its way into the sanitary sewer system.

On an early winter morning in Parkersburg, West Virginia, collection system operators faced a major catastrophe when a garbage truck fell into a sinkhole adjacent to a manhole. Quick thinking and trenchless technology saved the day to return the area to service quickly, limiting the impact to local community businesses while protecting nearby buried utilities.

An older storm drain located on a hill by the local community hospital which drains to the Ohio River ran parallel to...

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