Repairing or replacing aging underground water infrastructure requires significant investment, and can especially be a daunting task for smaller systems. A lack of resources and personnel can limit the frequency of water system testing, monitoring, and maintenance. SUEZ provides multiple services that help optimize budgets while improving the sustainability of buried infrastructure.
Your Challenges: Pipe Network Problems
Extend the life of your water system, even on a budget
Deteriorating pipe assets are a growing issue. Pipe network failures impact service, while potentially causing damage, affecting traffic, and contaminating water. SUEZ technologies and services allow utilities to implement a proactive pipe network asset management approach. An approach based on active pipe condition assessments
and corrective actions tailored to the known condition of each pipe. This allows you to use your resources wisely to improve the sustainability of your water distribution system.
SUEZ Water System Asset Management
Drinking water is delivered via a water infrastructure of one million miles of pipes across the country. Many of those pipes were installed in the early to mid‐20th century with a lifespan of 75 to 100 years.
Today this aging pipe infrastructure is rapidly deteriorating, resulting in approximately 250,000 water main breaks every year. Decaying pipes also suffer from corrosion and can start leaching lead from soldered joints, creating water quality issues. To try to address these pipe network problems, several states have recently voted new laws requiring water utilities to implement a water system asset management plan that includes a detailed water main renewal program.
SUEZ pipeline asset management for water utilities is a risk-based, strategic process that helps allocate your pipe replacement budget to the most critical areas of your system and avoid digging up and replacing pipes that still have years of service life remaining.
We use multiple state-of-the-art solutions including machine learning technology and acoustic condition assessments to predict what pipes are most likely to fail and choose the options (cleaning, rehabilitation or replacement) that fit your budget and are most appropriate to correct each pipe network problem. Our objective is to help you maximize results, and reduce costs and system downtime.
Our Solutions for Water System Asset Management Planning
Pipe Condition Assessment and Risk Based Analysis
Implementing a pipe repair
and replacement program based solely on assumptions or desktop studies can result in costly errors like replacing pipes that still have years of service life remaining. The SUEZ pipe condition assessment and risk based analysis, an element of our water system asset management program, is a process that helps utilities target the most critical pipes in their system and allocate budgets to the appropriate corrective action – replace, rehab, repair or defer – to reduce capital spending.
It is hard to know which pipes in your water system are most in need of repair or replacement. In order to avoid excavating pipes that are still in good condition - which is costly and disruptive - SUEZ offers an acoustic pipeline condition assessment and risk based analysis.
This innovative solution helps solve pipe network problems by calculating the remaining wall thickness of buried water mains and using artificial intelligence to determine the most appropriate corrective action. Our trained field crews can move rapidly through a water network without disrupting service.
Spray-in-Place Pipe Rehabilitation
Water main replacement often means system downtime, costly road/sidewalk tear-ups, and traffic disruption. The spray-in-place rehabilitation process provided by SUEZ as a part of our water network asset management program allows you to clean and restore deteriorating pipes before they reach the tipping point. This innovative process uses a computer-controlled robot to apply a pipe lining in-situ, increasing flow capacity and system efficiency and providing long-lasting protection.
Pipe Asset Management Program
A variety of factors - from material, pressure and size to soil type and climate conditions - affect how long a pipe will continue to function after it’s installed in your water utility system. Since it’s so hard to anticipate which pipes will burst, half of the pipes typically replaced by water utilities today are still in good shape.
Now there’s a better alternative — Pipe Asset Management services from SUEZ. Our annual water utility network evaluation program, combined with strategic pipeline condition assessment, help us predict what pipes are most likely to fail. This allows you to devote your resources where they’re needed, instead of digging up and replacing pipes that still have years of service life remaining.
Contact us to learn more about our water network asset management planning directly from a representative.