Infrastructure Renewal Podcast Pure Technologies

North American utilities are beginning to take notice of aging water and wastewater infrastructure as leaks, consent decrees and critical pipeline failures become more frequent. Coupled with increased service disruptions is an economic climate where large-scale capital projects aren’t possible; utilities are being forced to rehabilitate aging systems within tight capital budgets.

One solution utilities have to address their infrastructure is to manage risk through selective rehabilitation of critical pipeline assets. Through more than 8,000 miles of large-diameter pressure pipe assessment, Pure Technologies has found that roughly 4 percent of pipelines have some level of deterioration, while even less requires immediate attention.

While the logistics – and cost – of full-scale capital replacement is very daunting, pipelines can typically be safely managed for a fraction of this cost, in most cases between 5 and 15 percent. Through the use of condition assessment, many utilities across the United States have been successful in renewing their assets by prioritizing their assets and making the most critical repairs.

In the second of two parts of an interview conducted by Water Online Radio, Pure Technologies Vice President of Business Development Muthu Chandrasekaran discusses how utilities can address their aging infrastructure.

Mark Holley

On the Pure’s Inspection Data:

“We’ve shown many utilities that the majority of their pipelines are in good shape and that they need to address only a few critical pipes,” says Chandrasekaran. “From a risk perspective, it gives them a way to proactively manage that infrastructure, because the cost to replace it is often in the hundreds of millions.”

On how Pure’s solutions work:

“A challenge for many utilities is how they are going to inspect pipelines that are non-redundant,” says Chandrasekaran. “One of the things that Pure Technologies has been good at with our R&D group is finding innovative ways to get tools that can find and get the data the utility needs into a live pipeline and then out of a live pipeline.”

On Pure’s work with utilities:

“We are there to be a trusted advisor to our utility partners, to help them manage their large-diameter pipeline assets. We’ve actually started getting more into the small diameter sector as well, to help them on all of their buried infrastructure,” says Chandrasekaran. “It’s very challenging for utilities with very tight budgets to manage many miles of buried infrastructure. We’ve developed a suite of technologies to help them understand where their problems are occurring and how to mange these assets.”