Case Studies

As ISCO Industries is a total piping solutions provider, the following case studies identify situations and projects where ISCO's resources and expertise were used to solve common and not-so-common problems for various industry applications. From cost savings to faster installation times, ISCO has provided customers with the necessary materials and services to help get the job done. Click on a case study to read more.

(Brookings, South Dakota) In a first-of-its-kind project for South Dakota State University, the school chose to build a centralized chiller plant on the north end of campus with an entirely poly piping system. Inside the building, ISCO Industries provided PP-RCT (polypropylene-random crystallinity temperature).

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Across the country home brewers and beer fanatics are pursuing their passions and opening up their own independent craft breweries. Emerging as a new and promising trend, craft beer is speedily making its rise to the top of the beverage industry. Whether it be through unique flavors or innovative brewing methods, thousands of brewmasters are competing for the taste buds of the thirstiest beer advocates.

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Geothermal systems create a cycle of giving and taking heat between the earth and a building. Schools across the country are installing these systems because of the significant cost savings, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars over the course of a year.

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Located a few miles west of the Atlantic Coast, Jacksonville, North Carolina in Onslow County is situated along the banks of
the New River. It is home to Jacksonville Senior High School, the county’s largest high school, made up of nearly 1300 students. JHS has a vision of impacting the world through their students. The school aims to shape the young minds that roam its halls into globally competitive and responsible citizens in the 21st century. 

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Gone are the days of corporateowned, standard-flavored beers. Craft beer is now the hottest trend in the alcoholic beverage industry and shows no signs of slowing down. Thousands of independent
microbreweries across the nation are willing to break the mold of traditional brewing in order to satisfy the most curious taste buds of staunch beer advocates.

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Craft beer brewers are taking their love of beer and turning it into a businesses across the country. In North Carolina, brothers Jason and Jeff Alexander having been hitting the festival circuit with the beer they brewed at home. Now, they’ve built a brewery to share their creations with their community.

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The University of Chicago is a big proponent of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe. The school has several buildings that are served by chilled water lines, including some recent additions to that system. The school had an issue that affected the chilled water HDPE supply line within a new building near the end of construction.

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Bell County, Texas Sliplining with HDPE

Using reclaimed water is a growing trend for municipalities across the country facing unrelenting demands on their water systems. In Bell County, Texas the idea cropped up as far back as 2009 for one particular project. The Bell County Water Control & Improvement District (the District) needed to install pumps, pipes, and a control system to deliver 1 million

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When summer heats up, most of us crank up the air conditioning, which, in turn, hikes up the energy bills. That chain reaction is multiplied hundreds of times to cool a building with halls of individual rooms, like a hotel or a hospital. The costs can be exorbitant. 

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Thousands of craft breweries across the country are competing for the beerdrinker’s attention. Now, more than ever, brewers are challenging the status quo.
What has always worked may not be the best option moving forward. From the recipe to system, now is the time to push the boundaries to stand above the rest. Brewers are aggressively creative and costconscious.

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The historic Pacific Coast Highway runs along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the United States. Through Newport Beach, California, it’s known simply as the PCH. It winds north along the coast through upscale neighborhoods and shopping areas toward Los Angeles. Visitors travel from around the world to cruise the highway and admire the communities nestled into the coastline of the Pacific Ocean.

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(San Diego County, California) Southern California needs innovative solutions to combat its growing drought problem. And with an ocean of water off the coast, finding a way to turn a drought-proof resource into a potable one is viewed as one of the best insurance policies against rapidly diminishing reservoirs and rivers.

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(Wichita Falls, Texas) The city of Wichita Falls came up with an unusual solution to Stage Four drought conditions - a direct potable water reuse (DPR) project. Wichita Falls-based Bowles Construction, the contractor for the water reuse project, hired ISCO Industries to provide a turn-key solution using high-density polyethylene pipe (HDPE).

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(Nephi, Utah) Nephi Irrigation Company needed to in­stall a large-diameter canal in the west area of Nephi, Utah because there was too much water infiltration in the exist­ing ditch. Piping the canal with the new large-diameter pipe would minimize the amount of evaporation and water loss into the ground.

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(Jeffersonville, Indiana) The city of Jeffersonville needed to replace deteriorating concrete pipe in order to limit and control any Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) discharge into the Ohio River. ISCO introduced large-diameter profile pipe to the city and engineer as a solution. The city of Jeffersonville chose the profile pipe system because it was both cost-effective and innovative.

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(Granbury, Texas) A new frac sand plant was under construction in Granbury, Texas, and the goal was to increase frac sand production compared to a previous plant's production levels. As part of the new plant construction, the company, Vista Sand, needed a new water system and wanted an experienced piping solutions provider who had worked with water systems before to supply the materials.

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(Fellesmere, Florida) Located along the St. Johns River on country road 512 in Fellsmere, Florida, the water control structure (levee) S-251 was badly deteriorated. If left unrepaired, the structure would become inoperable. Each of these culverts was 72 inches in diameter. ISCO Industries worked with the district to provide the best material for this culvert-lining project. And that material was Snap-Tite.

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(Dalton, Georgia) Located in Whitfield County, between Atlanta and Chattanooga in Northwest Georgia, the city of Dalton is not to be outdone by its larger neighbors. For years, Dalton Utilities has capitalized on the many advantages of high-density polyethylene pipe (HDPE) as an integral component of its gas distribution system. . More recently, HDPE pipe has been the primary component in maintaining and upgrading existing potable and wastewater systems.

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(Windfall, Indiana) The city of Windfall, Indiana, located north of Indianapolis needed a new water system. The cast iron water main that was currently in place was installed approximately 60-70 years previously and had reached the end of its useful life. When MTS explained the benefits of HDPE to the city of Windfall, including the fact that the pipe is leak-free, the city decided that HDPE was a better alternative.

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(San Clemente, California) Reservoir Number Nine in San Clemente, CA faced a tight spot when a 12-inch corroded steel pipe needed to be replaced. The pipe was located in a large potable water storage tank - about the size of a football field. The project, which began in February 2010, was time-sensitive so the pipe had to be fused quickly. ISCO Industries, a total piping solutions provider, was there to offer a solution.

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(Santee, South Carolina) The Army Corps of Engineers was responsible for a nearly $6 million Lake Marion Regional Water System project in South Carolina. The Corps was at first hesitant about using a non-traditional pipe material for the project but the benefits of HDPE outweighed any concerns. ISCO was able to provide technical assistance throughout the design phase that eliminated those concerns. With this new pipe line the owner will be able to provide water for $0.55 per 1000 gallons and even less as more end users are added.

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(Callaway County, Missouri) The AmerenUE Callaway nuclear plant, located about 25 miles northeast of Jefferson City, Missouri in Callaway County had a potential problem. ISCO Industries, the nation’s leader in HDPE piping systems, was called upon to offer expertise and insight into finding an HDPE solution to both of AmerenUE Callaway Nuclear Plant’s piping issues.

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(Washington County, Maryland) When Maryland's legislators created the Maryland Environmental Service in 1970, the agency's mission was clear - protect and enhance the state's air, land and water resources. The agency strives to combine the public sector's commitment to environmental protection with the private sector's efficiencies and expertise to find innovative solutions to some of its most complex environmental challenges.

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(Caveland, Kentucky) Caveland Environmental Authority, based in nearby Cave City, Ken­tucky, owns and operates the water system for Mammoth Cave National Park. The original system, which had been in place since 1948 and was made of cast iron pipe, was extremely corroded and in dire need of replacement. The park was experiencing extreme amounts of unaccounted water with this old system-approximately 60-70 percent line loss. Having worked with ISCO on other projects before, Peterson knew HDPE would be the best solution to his problems.

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(Greenwood, South Carolina) The Greenwood Metropolitan District (GMD) needed to find the best pipe system for their $46 million wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) expansion and sewer replacement project. GMD chose a large diameter profile pipe system because it was both cost-effective and innovative. The profile pipe system provides an air-tight uniform connection through all joints, including pipe-to-manhole transitions.

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(Houston, Texas) The 38,000-square-foot Asia Society building in Houston, TX, designed by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, needed a high-efficiency and low-maintenance geothermal vault to use geothermal energy to heat and cool the new center. Greg Tinkler, of the engineering firm Redding Linden Burr, Inc. (RLB), specified the use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geothermal vaults for the project, specifically the ISCO Industries custom-designed vault, the Circuit Maker Vault®.

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(Choloma, Guatemala) Hydroelectric power, a highly efficient renewable energy, uses the gravitational force or weight of water to produce electric power. A small-scale hydroelectric power plant produces no direct waste and has negligible levels of greenhouse gas emissions (such as carbon dioxide or CO2) when compared to power plants that use fossil fuels. Since using steel pipe was more costly, Grupo Secacao decided to look into other potential piping materials, one of which was high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe.

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(Quinnesec, Michigan) In many paper mills, old steel and ductile iron pipe systems used for transferring process water in the paper-making process are no longer functioning properly due to damage from chemicals in the water. The chemicals create harsh environments that wear on the infrastructure over time. Often times, these pipes are costly to replace.

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(Northern Michigan) After leaking pipes forced a shutdown, a Northern Michigan wastewater treatment plant needed to install a pipe system capable of withstanding a corrosive environment, tight and unique dimensions, and high pH, pressure and impact. The new collection lines and force mains will transfer an average of 150,000 gallons/day of leachate. Due to high PH factors and precipitation build-up, the plant design had to include a pipe system capable of withstanding a highly corrosive environment, to prevent any future leaks.

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ISCO's quick action averts Warren County water emergency

(Warren County, Kentucky) When a barge pulled its moorings loose on a swollen Barren River in February, engineers from  Kentucky's Warren County Water District had no way of knowing that the heavy concrete moorings had ruptured the 16-inch ductile iron supply line of potable water line submerged under the river. Water pressure north of the river began to drop, and the county issued a water shortage emergency - knowing they were just hours away from a critical water shortage for the thousands of Bowling Green homes, factories and businesses served by the single line.

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Consumer Illinois Water Completes First HDPE Installation

(Danville, Illinois) Consumers Illinois Water Company (CIWC), based in Danville, Illinois, recently completed its first high-density polyethylene (HDPE) water line project. Using directional boring, the major Illinois utility installed a 12-inch HDPE ductile iron pipe size (DIPS) line under a finger of Lake Vermilion in Danville. The proven technology of directional boring to install the HDPE line pipe significantly reduced installation time, saving dollars and eliminating headaches in the process.

"This project allowed us to demonstrate the effectiveness of HDPE," said Garry Bouvet, Regional Sales Engineer in the Springfield, IL office of ISCO Industries.

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Environmental Quality Company Chooses ISCO to Help Safeguard Prominent Industrial Company's Landfill

(Allen Park, Michigan) Landfills are dynamic environments. Through natural processes of rainfall, condensation, and decomposition, landfills themselves produce a liquid waste stream, called leachate. Often the leachate contains hazardous materials, so properly managing a landfill requires handling the waste. In Allen Park, Michigan, a prominent industrial company’s landfill site, operated by Waste Management, Inc., serves an assembly plant. Environmental Quality Company (EQ) in Wayne, Michigan, contracted with this industrial company to install a 3,000-foot dual contained transmission system to convey the leachate.

In turn, EQ turned to ISCO Industries, LLC, for their HDPE expertise.

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Indianapolis Water Company Transitions to HDPE Pipe

(Indianapolis, Indiana) The Indianapolis Water Company (IWC) was hunting for a piping material and method to install new water mains in established residential areas. The utility's primary objective was to reduce the restoration costs associated with conventional trenching methods.

"We are a private municipality," said Earl Anderson, IWC's Director of Purchasing. "If we have an opportunity to save our company money, we must take advantage of it, just like any other business would do."

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ISCO Helps Rural Illinois Community Avoid Water Crisis

(Oakland, Illinois) A crisis loomed before Oakland, Illinois, a small town of 1,000 residents in east central Illinois. The dry summer and fall resulted in annual rainfall six inches below normal. The dry spell also left the 26-acre Oakland Lake dangerously low. The lake, which draws from an 11,000-acre watershed to provide the city's drinking water supply, has an average depth of 3 feet-9 inches (45 inches total). It was a desperate situation, said Garry Bouvet, ISCO Regional Sales Manager.

"Assuming no additional rainfall, Oakland had only three to four weeks of water," he said. "The city had to take action, and take it quickly."

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ISCO Technology Helps Paper Mill Crews Meet Maintenance Shut Down Schedule

(Northeast, U.S.) The ISCO Industries Huntsville, Alabama plant provided materials, equipment and technology for a time critical installation of a process sewer outfall during a maintenance shut down at a large Northeastern paper mill. With expert technology, the mill management team met the critical path requirements for installation of a 42-inch gate valve wye and stub out of high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe. The fittings and stub, made out of high density polyethylene (HDPE), were installed to accommodate a three mile HDPE pipeline to the primary treatment plant to be connected later without interrupting production.

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Rented MegaMc Machines Make Short Work of Waste Water Retention System

(Little Rock, Arkansas) When Thomas Construction of Rose Bud, Inc. got the job to build a wastewater retention system for Polymer Group Incorporated (PGI) in North Little Rock, Arkansas, they called ISCO Industries LLC of Louisville, Kentucky and their MegaMc fusion machines. The two fusion machines ran $4,000 a day in rental costs, but were well worth the money according to Cal Rollins, project manager for Thomas Construction.

"ISCO is one of the major distributors of polyethylene pipe in the United States and I have worked with them for several years and have a very good relationship with them," said Rollins.

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Submerged-HDPE Water Line Saves Money, Time

(Henry County, Missouri) The use of high density polyethylene (HDPE) for a 29,000-foot lake crossing saved the Henry County Water Company (HCWC) close to $500,000 and reduced construction time. Engineers with The Larkin Group, a consulting engineering firm headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., designed a new 2.4 mgd water treatment plant and the associated raw and finished water transmission mains for HCWC in Clinton, Mo. The new main crosses the South Grand River arm of Truman Reservoir transmitting raw water to the plant. Intake pumping rate for the new plant is 1,650 gpm, expandable to 2,500 gpm as demand for portable water increases.

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