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Like all utility managers in the United States, I have the task of meeting all federal and state water and wastewater requirements, while simultaneously keeping within the annual budget approved by the city council. And, like most municipalities, the City of Brownwood, Texas, has a limited staff for constructing and maintaining the wastewater collection system. With the typical problems we have experienced with the 100-year-old components of the wastewater collection system, compounded by growth on the outskirts of the original infrastructure, increased efficiency in system maintenance is the only way to stay in compliance. In Brownwood, we have shifting, heavy clay soil that ultimately cracks our aging clay sewer mains, in reaction to varying moisture conditions. Tree roots infiltrate these cracks and fill up the sewer mains, causing back-ups, overflows and demolition of pipe bells. It became apparent that we needed to try something new. So, in recent years, I've begun to explore new pipe materials and different installation methods in the interest of improving our sewer mains. After evaluating our needs and our assets, I decided that static pipe bursting was the technology that could help us meet our goals, as it would be faster, less expensive and easier on our staff.
Static Pipe Bursting