Water Industry News

Reno awards Insituform city's largest sewer rehabilitation contract ever

RENO, NV, Oct. 12, 2005 -- The city of Reno has awarded Insituform Technologies Inc. the largest sewer rehabilitation contract in the city's history, an $8.5 million contract to rehabilitate more than seven miles of medium- and large-diameter sewers.

This project follows on the heels of a nearly $3.5 million project in which Insituform rehabilitated more than three and one-third miles of the city's deteriorated sewer lines.

Under its new contract, Insituform will rehabilitate 37,969 linear feet of sewers using its InsituformŪ process, a "cured-in-place" method that restores the structural integrity of deteriorated sewers without digging up the damaged pipe.

The concrete and clay sewers to be repaired, which range from 30 to 60 inches in diameter, are located throughout Reno and the adjacent city of Sparks, according to Gene Jones, Senior Civil Engineer for the city of Reno.

"The city has been investigating the structural integrity of our sewers, their relative importance and the potential risks they pose," says Jones. "We've prioritized the repairs that need to be made, and are now taking care of them, one by one."

The project's largest component is a 3.5-mile-long section of the Reno-Sparks Interceptor, a large-diameter line that is jointly owned by the two cities.

"The cities of Reno and Sparks are in this together," says Jones. "We've worked together in the past on sewer-related projects. We know by working together and amortizing the mobilization and overhead costs, we can get the work done more quickly and at a lower overall cost. It just makes good economic sense."

"Reno continues to take an aggressive approach to its sewer rehabilitation program," notes Mike York, business development manager for Insituform. "The city is a great role model for other smaller cities on how to approach a large-scale repair program such as this."

Insituform's work on the new contract is expected to begin in October 2005 and be completed by early 2006.

Working from manholes, the company will be installing a flexible liner inside the existing sewers. Once in place, the liner will be heated and cured into a structurally sound pipe-within-a-pipe with a life span comparable to that of a new sewer.

Insituform Technologies Inc. (www.insituform.com) is a leading worldwide provider of proprietary technologies and services for rehabilitating sewer, water and other underground piping systems without digging and disruption.