Big Stink in Portand — Flowtite® to the Rescue!

Sometimes people ask me if I like my job. I think it’s great. With our water and sewage infrastructure in a sorry state, I love the fact that I’m working with a company that makes some of the products that are going to help us fix this problem.

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It may sound like bragging, but I know Flowtite® is one of the important products of the future when it comes to building and rebuilding these systems. Microtunneling and jacking technologies have grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and the opportunities for contractors and owners to reduce installation, environmental and social costs are huge. Flowtite® is one of the products that can be used for many no-dig projects. Right now, it’s helping owners clear up some really big messes and also save money. We have a new case study that you can check out here.

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One Pipe for Two

A couple of years back, in Portland, Oregon, a main sewage pipe failed, creating quite a stink — the kind of stink caused by 15,000 gallons of leaking raw sewage. The contractor had an idea that would replace the proposed HDPE inside a 6-foot diameter steel pipe. For the first time in the U.S., Flowtite® was used for a microtunneling project. A single pipe instead of two, and the new one wouldn't corrode like a steel pipe. Also, the owners wouldn’t have to pay for expensive liners or other anti-corrosion measures down the road.

Flowtite® into the Future

PHOTO: trenchless technology project underway

Trenchless technology has grown quickly over the past few decades. I'm happy to say that pipe manufacturing technology is moving ahead shoulder-to-shoulder with equipment designers and engineers. I'm proud that Flowtite® is right there in the engineer's toolbox, always ready to help the trenchless trend continue and thrive.

So when people ask me if I like my job, I can tell them I'm helping bring people everywhere the basic necessity of life: water. And that feels pretty good.


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