Nicknamed the Star City of the South, Roanoke, Virginia has a population of just under 100,000 and 43 square miles of land. The Roanoke River flows through the City and serves as one of its main water sources; some stretches meander through parks and natural settings, while others flow through industrial areas. In 2014, the Roanoke Stormwater Utility was formed to help protect the River’s water quality by controlling and eliminating stormwater pollution from municipal storm sewer systems, construction sites and industrial activities.
Watch as a ROVVER X crawler pushes a Quick-Lock point repair sleeve into position to solve water infiltration. The Quick-Lock point repair sleeve fixes deteriorating and leaky sewer pipes without messy resin, expensive equipment, short working times or long cures. Designed for unsurpassed service life, Quick-Lock’s stainless steel construction restores structural strength, while its rubber gasket seals out infiltration.
Municipal procurement can be a drawn-out, time-consuming process of researching products, writing specifications, opening bids and then evaluating those bids. All these steps require extra time, money and effort that could be spent on other projects and which complicate a simple task (say, buying a new sewer camera) with red-tape. Using cooperative purchasing contracts can take the hassle out of procuring equipment and provide additional benefits that may not be available through the bidding process.
Stormwater pollution impacts water quality, public health and the local economy of the communities we live and serve in. Ensuring that municipal and state water systems are clean and well-maintained is a major part of protecting the communities we inhabit and building a sustainable, long-term solution to stormwater pollution. In a new guide, the Environmental Protection Agency asserts, “early and effective stormwater planning and management by communities as they develop will provide significant long-term cost savings while supporting resilience, economic growth and quality of life.”
With over 1000 miles of sewer pipe and 400 miles of storm pipe, the City of Tallahassee’s Underground Utilities and Public Infrastructure Department has been an industry front-runner in establishing a proactive sewer inspection and rehabilitation strategy. “Our Department’s motto is Setting the Standard for Excellence—this motto is engrained in all our work and challenges us to be leaders at what we do,” says Todd Hacker, the Department’s Superintendent. In 2010, the Department bought their first ROVVER system; today they have a total of seven ROVVER and ROVVER X systems. “We like to consider ourselves early adopters—especially when it comes to technology that can make the work we do more efficient and effective,” says Tony Moore, the Department’s Maintenance Construction Chief. “We need first-class technology to help us stay on top of our underground utilities, and our ROVVER X inspection cameras help us do just that.”
Deciding whether to rent, lease or buy sewer inspection equipment is rarely simple. Whether you’re a municipality or a contractor, the decision can heavily impact your bottom line, how you do business, and your growth opportunities.
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The High Speed 1 (HS1) route formally known as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), is a 109-kilometer (68-mile) high-speed railway between London and the United Kingdom. The HS1 is used for domestic and international train services as well as transporting freight.
Situated 20 miles north of Detroit, the City of Troy, Michigan is no stranger to awards and accolades. In fact, just last year the City was recognized as a leader in sustainability, and as one of the safest cities in the United States—among 11 other awards. The City and its employees take pride in being proactive and ahead of the curve—and with 2.3 million feet of sewer pipe, they have no choice but to be.
A crawler exerts a lot of force pulling its cable through sewers, and the section right behind the connector takes the brunt of that strain. Over time, the constant twisting and bending will cause the conductors inside the cable to fray and separate. When this happens, the crawler can become non-responsive, or experience intermittent power or video.
Cable retermination is a fact of life with any crawler. But because the ROVVER X uses advanced digital communications, it has only six conductors to worry about. This makes retermination simple enough for an operator to perform on site—instead of shipping the system out for repair and enduring down time.
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A little over two years ago, the staff at City of Concord faced a predicament: should they continue to use a system that was increasingly unreliable, couldn’t fit in 60% of their pipes, and was becoming more and more expensive to repair—or should they cut their losses and invest in another system? “Our inspection needs kept growing and our old system could never keep up,” says Jim Stearns, Camera Operator at the City of Concord. “When Pete Carlson of Haaker Equipment started demoing the ROVVER X, it was as if it was made for our sewer system.”