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Flood Grouting for Infiltration Reduction on Private Side Sewers

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Martha Burke
Martha Burke
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M. Steven Merrill
M. Steven Merrill
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Robert W. Jacobsen
Robert W. Jacobsen
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H. Justin Twenter
H. Justin Twenter
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IWA Publishing
Volume
12
ISBN electronic:
9781780404868
Publication date:
June 2013

The sewers in Seattle's Broadview neighborhood, built in the 1950s, experience significant inflow and infiltration. Intense wet weather events have resulted in sewer overflows into private residences and the environment and previous work indicates that the majority of this excess flow comes from infiltration. As a result, an infiltration reduction project was investigated to reduce overflows. To reduce that infiltration and achieve maximum success, all components of the sewer system – mainlines, maintenance holes, and private side sewers – have to be addressed. Seattle Public Utilities determined through a business case that to reduce infiltration, flood grouting was the most cost-effective, least-disruptive methodology.

Flood grouting involves applying two chemicals in separate steps to treat an entire section of the sewer system between two maintenance holes, including the side sewers. The segment is filled completely to the maintenance hole rim and utilizes hydrostatic pressure by the chemical fluid to apply the grout to the system.

To determine the success of the project, flow meters were installed in the system to document before and after conditions for modeling analysis. The effectiveness of this approach at reducing infiltration compared to the cost, the challenges associated with working on private property, and lessons learned are documented in this report.

This title belongs to WERF Research Report Series.

ISBN: 9781780404868 (eBook)

Flood Grouting for Infiltration Reduction on Private Side Sewers
By: Martha Burke, M. Steven Merrill, Robert W. Jacobsen, H. Justin Twenter
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2166/9781780404868
ISBN (electronic): 9781780404868
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Published: 2013

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