Hot and Cold: A Poly For Both Needs at Texas A&M
Like many colleges and universities across the country, Texas A&M in College Station, Texas always turned to carbon steel pipe and fittings for their water lines. “For years, we always did it with mechanical joints,” explained Reuben Bernal, the supervisor for water distribution at the school. “Steel, direct burial, carbon steel pipe. But, just like anything else, it decays in the ground.” The team faced high leak rates and dealt with too frequent interruptions to service on campus. “On a normal day, we were losing up to 40-50 gallons per minute,” Bernal said. They knew there had to be a better option.
ISCO Supplies and Supports a Record Breaking Project
The needs of the new McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Victoria, British Columbia presented an opportunity that would lead to the construction of the largest solid wall HDPE outfall in North America. The line stretched 1.92 km (1.2 miles) long and was primarily constructed with 2250 mm DR26 HDPE pipe. It featured several unique and innovative concepts from design to installation. ISCO Industries supplied the 2250 mm pipe manufactured by Agru America in 16-meter sticks.
Non-Traditional Pipe for a Non-Traditional College
The South campus of San Jacinto College consists of 15 major buildings ranging in size from roughly 20,000 to 120,000 sq ft. As the college planned to upgrade the campus’ aging central utility system, it selected Aquatherm pipe for a portion of the new chilled water loop.
ISCO Supplies HDPE Pipe for Eastern Navajo Water Project
Access to adequate water has historically been an issue in Navajo reservations in the Southwest. In recent years, projects have begun to provide water access for the Navajo people. One project involves the Eastern Navajo Water Pipeline, which consists of four phases.
National Elk Refuge Irrigation Project to Increase Natural Forage for Animals
In 2009, plans were approved for an enhanced Irrigation Expansion Project on the refuge. The main goal of the irrigation project was to water more of the refuge, which would help grow the natural forage during the summer to feed the elk and bison populations in the winter.
HDPE Pipe Used to Bring Water to San Antonio, TX
San Antonio currently obtains more than 90 percent of its water from the Edwards Aquifer. This project diversifies its water sources. San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS) is tapping into the Carrizo Aquifer, located approximately 50 miles from San Antonio in Gonzales County. SAWS is using more than 122,000 feet of HDPE to bring the water from the aquifer to an integration point where the water will enter the SAWS distribution system.
ISCO Industries Supplies Large-Diameter Profile Pipe for CSO Project
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.
ISCO Industries Provides Timely Service for Utah Irrigation Canal
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.
ISCO TACKLES AN INDUSTRY FIRST IN TENNESSEE CCR
This job presented a unique opportunity for ISCO to be a part of an industry first. With almost 2,000 feet of 54-inch to 63-inch DR 26 HDPE pipe to fuse, this project was an opportune time to bring in McElroy’s large diameter fusion machine, Talon 2000. This self-propelled, self-loading machine is designed for fusing miles of straight-line HDPE pipe, which involves less heavy equipment and manpower needed for the job.
WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS BUILDS EMERGENCY HDPE WATER REUSE PIPELINE
(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).
BIG PIPE RESTORES FUNCTION TO LEVEE, PROTECTS FLORIDA WETLANDS
(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.
THE TEAM AT ISCO INDUSTRIES MEETS DALTON’S REQUIREMENTS
(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.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESERVOIR INLET PIPE PROJECT ENCOUNTERS TIGHT SPACE
(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.
ISCO PROVIDES TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR LAKE MARION REGIONAL WATER SYSTEM PROJECT
(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.
AMERENUE CALLAWAY NUCLEAR PLANT
(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.
HDPE USED FOR INNOVATIVE WATER COLLECTION SYSTEM IN MARYLAND LANDFILL TO PROTECT ENVIRONMENT
(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.
CAVELAND ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORITY INSTALLS FIRST ALL-POLYETHYLENE WATER SYSTEM IN KENTUCKY
(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.
LARGE DIAMETER PROFILE PIPE SYSTEM OFFERS SOLUTION FOR WILSON AND CORONACA CREEK TRUNK SEWER REPLACEMENT PROJECT
(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.
ISCO’S CIRCUIT MAKER VAULT® PROVIDES GREEN SOLUTION FOR TEXAS ASSOCIATION
(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®.
HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANT IN GUATEMALA CHOOSES HDPE PIPE TO CONVEY WATER
(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.
QUINNESEC, MICHIGAN – PAPER MILL REPLACES STEEL PIPES WITH HDPE
(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.
NORTHERN MICHIGAN – HDPE PIPE USED FOR WASTE WATER
(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.
HIGH-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE STANDS UP TO SALTWATER
(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.
TIME-TESTED: HDPE TOP CHOICE TO RUN UNDER HISTORIC HIGHWAY
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.
PP-RCT OFFERS CRAFT BREWERS A COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTION
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.
HDPE FITS THE BILL AND THE TIGHT SPACE FOR CHILLED WATER PROJECT
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.
SLIPLINING WITH HDPE: A PERFECT SOLUTION
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
ISCO OVERCOMES OBSTACLES WITH INNOVATION
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.
PP-RCT: A SOLID SOLUTION FOR BUDDING BREWERIES
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.
PP-RCT: FORWARD-THINKING FOR FAST-GROWING BREWERIES
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.
HIGH CALIBER PIPING FOR HIGH CALIBER SCHOOL
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.
REHABILITATING TRADITIONAL PIPING QUICKLY AND QUIETLY
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.
TAR HEEL STATE TURNED CRAFT BREW HOTBED
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.
POLY ALL THE WAY: PP-RCT FOR HYDRONIC APPLICATION
(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).
SLIPLINING WITH HDPE SAVES BIG CITY UTILITY MILLIONS
(Miami, Florida) In June 2010, Miami-Dade County experienced a massive and sudden failure in a 72-inch pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP) sewer force main. The critical line carries 79 million gallons/day and this incident exposed miles of pipe along the line also critically close to failure. Since then, Sales Rep Bryan Fletcher and the team at ISCO Industries have been working with the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (MDWASD) and Ric-Man Contruction to provide 63-inch HDPE to slipline miles of the most severely weak sections of the main.
INCREDIBLE AQUARIUM USES HDPE AS ‘LIFE SUPPORT’ SYSTEM
(Miami, Florida) The Frost Museum of Science is rebuilding at a new location on Miami’s stunning waterfront. The main feature of the museum is a 500,000 gallon, two-story cone aquarium suspended by concrete arms. It’s open to the sky and set perfectly for viewing from above and below. The aquarium will be home to sharks and barracuda, among other sea creatures that need saltwater to survive.
ISCO SENDS FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND FUSION EQUIPMENT TO JOBSITE
(Firebaugh, California) In February of 2014, a news photographer snapped a picture of almond trees being ripped from dry soil in Firebaugh, California. Baker Farming uprooted 20%, about 1,000 acres, of almod trees that day because they lacked adequate access to water as the California drought continued into yet another year.
ISCO AND HDPE DELIVER 20 MILES OF PIPE AND A BUNDLE OF SAVINGS
(Big Lake, Texas) An empty field stretches out on the Texas countryside. Marked only by the sporadic movement of pumps whirring up and down in wells. It’s here, 20 miles away from the city, that Big Lake is reaching for a long-term water supply solution.
PP-RCT SUPPORTS THE PRESSURE OF A COAL MINE SLURRY PRESS
(Oaktown, Indiana) For years, the Black Panther Mine in Oaktown, Indiana disposed their refuse slurry in pits, like many other mines. However, those pits took up a large footprint. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aware of the impact, has made the permitting process more stringent.
ISCO PROVIDES LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR HIPPO HOME
(Fort Worth, Texas) The Fort Worth Zoo in Texas has a wild vision: A $100 million plan to add new features and attractions, to house an even wider variety of animals from around the world. One of those exhibits is an African Savanna. Guests will be able to see giraffes, zebras, ostriches, antelope, and birds to name a few. Hippos will drift, float, and swim along a lazy river, mimicking African streams and waterways, in a hippo, rhino, and flamingo exhibit. Hippos spend most of their time underwater, so the zoo built deep pools with underwater viewing areas.
PP-RCT: A PIPE THAT CAN HANDLE THE HEAT
(Champaign, Illinois) Upgrading an aged air handling system at a large university is not a new challenge. Installing a network of pipe to connect that system over an active laboratory – that’s entering murkier waters. However, PP-RCT, a polypropylene product from ISCO Industries, exceeded the demanding guidelines and allowed pipefitters to complete the job in a fraction of the time with ease.
ISCO PROVIDES PIPE FOR RECORD BREAKING HDD PROJECT
(Miami Beach) In 2013, the City of Miami Beach conducted a condition assessment on the existing 54-inch sanitary sewage force main conveying sewage through the City of Miami Beach to the county wastewater treatment plant in Virginia Key. They discovered evidence that after years of satisfactory service, the sole pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP) sanitary main serving the city was deteriorated and potentially at risk of failure due to “Hydrogen embrittlement.” Failure of this force main, which is the sole means of wastewater conveyance, would be catastrophic in impact. It would potentially discharge millions of gallons of raw sewage in a residential area of on of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
A LONG-TERM PLAN: PP-RCT AND HDPE SUPPORT GEOTHERMAL ADVANCES
(Oxford, Ohio) When it came to upgrading the heating and cooling system for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, director of energy systems, Doug Hammerle, PE set his sights on the future. Thinking about what would work now, what would save money now, what would rectify the issues now, wasn’t enough. Hammerle was committed to finding a solution that would make sense for decades to come. He was not interested in letting the next generation in herit a system that bogged them down in maintenance issues. “I wanted to think outside the box,” Hammerle explained. “This was an opportunity for us to creat an efficient system that utilized the best possible materials to last the life of the building.”
ISCO PROVIDES CUSTOMIZED SOLUTION FOR MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR MINE
(Saskatchewan, Canada) For the first time in more than 40 years, a new greenfield potash mine is now open in Saskatchewan. K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) recently opened the Bethune mine and production facility, formerly called the Legacy Project, located in the RM of Dufferin #190, near the communities of Bethune and Findlater.
SERVICE AND KNOWLEDGE SET ISCO APART ON SPILLWAY REPAIR
(Wimberley, Texas) On Memorial Day weekend 2015, historic flash and river flooding struck parts of South-Central Texas. Extremely heavy rainfall caused the Blanco River to rise from below flood stage to major flood stage in 45 minutes. Within hours, the river was at more than 40 feet and well above record level. Wimberley, Texas was one of the most severaly impacted towns. The flooding left massive destruction in its wake.
MAINTENANCE-FREE PP-RCT SYSTEM EASES STRAIN FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Stuart, Florida) The school district in Stuart, Florida uses ice storage systems for air conditioning on their campuses. A chiller produces an ice pile at night and water circulates through the pile to create the chilled water that cools the buildings.
However, againg and corroding pipes were becoming a maintenance nightmare. That left administrators looking for fresh options to ease the strain. “The maintenance crews at the schools are overwhelmed,” explained Zane Lowery, project manager with Grimes Air Conditioning. “They needed a low-maintenance pipe option that could withstand the pressure and be installed quickly.”
ISCO AND VICTAULIC TEAM UP FOR SALTWATER DISPOSAL
(Williston Basin, North Dakota) McKenzie Energy Partners, LLC was created out of a need for reliable water management solutions across the Williston Basin in North Dakota. The team brings experienced engineering to design the produced water gathering systems and disposal solutions.
SERVICE AND KNOWLEDGE SET ISCO APART ON MAJOR PIPELINE
(Duchesne County, Utah) At its most basic level, water is the lifeblood of a community. Nothing happens without access to water including economic and population growth. Duchesne County, Utah was facing a critical shortage of potable water. WIth the energy production industry making up a massive percentage of business in the region, a reliable water source was crucial.