Asbestos Cement Drinking Water Replacement at the City of Yuma, AZ: A Case Study

Samuel Ariaratnam, Noel Guercio, Jonghoon Kim, Xanthi Panos

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Abstract

This paper describes the replacement of asbestos cement drinking water lines originally installed between 1938 and 1940 within the City of Yuma, Arizona. The project was undertaken in 2016 between February and April and involved the replacement of approximately 5,800 L.F. of existing aging and undersized asbestos cement water lines in the vicinity of the downtown core to reduce maintenance and repairs and improve water service levels. Six line segments of existing 2-inch to 6-inch asbestos cement water lines were replaced by 6-inch diameter PVC pipe. The City of Yuma worked together with Stantec Consulting Services to use this project as a means to conduct a head-to-head analysis of various aspects of traditional open-cut construction compared to horizontal directional drilling (HDD). The project was intentionally separated into HDD (2,000 L.F.) and open-cut (3,800 L.F.) sections. PVC C900 DR14 was installed using open-cut, while Fusible PVC (FPVC) DR 14 was installed by HDD. Onsite data was collected to analyze and compare environmental impacts, traffic impacts, and productivity. HDD was found to be more advantageous in all three areas when compared to traditional open-cut. Airborne emissions generated during the project by each of the two methods were determined using the eCalc program. Water samples were taken for each installation method to compare water quality before and after the installation of the new water lines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPipelines 2017
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction and Rehabilitation - Proceedings of Sessions of the Pipelines 2017 Conference
EditorsAnna Pridmore, Jim Geisbush
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages465-474
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784480892
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
EventPipelines 2017 Conference: Construction and Rehabilitation - Phoenix, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2017Aug 9 2017

Publication series

NamePipelines 2017: Construction and Rehabilitation - Proceedings of Sessions of the Pipelines 2017 Conference

Other

OtherPipelines 2017 Conference: Construction and Rehabilitation
CountryUnited States
CityPhoenix
Period8/6/178/9/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Ariaratnam, S., Guercio, N., Kim, J., & Panos, X. (2017). Asbestos Cement Drinking Water Replacement at the City of Yuma, AZ: A Case Study. In A. Pridmore, & J. Geisbush (Eds.), Pipelines 2017: Construction and Rehabilitation - Proceedings of Sessions of the Pipelines 2017 Conference (pp. 465-474). (Pipelines 2017: Construction and Rehabilitation - Proceedings of Sessions of the Pipelines 2017 Conference). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).