Underground Solutions' Duraliner selected for Los Angeles water line replacement project

Underground Solutions Inc. announced that J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc. has submitted the low proposal to rehabilitate a section of water line using the company's Duraliner System for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 20, 2003 -- Underground Solutions Inc. announced that J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc. has submitted the low proposal to rehabilitate a section of water line using the company's Duraliner System for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc. is a Certified Teaming Contractor with Underground Solutions for its patented Duraliner Water Line Replacement System which allows municipalities to completely rehabilitate deteriorated underground water lines with minimal excavation resulting in a substantial cost savings over conventional "dig and replace" methods.

The project for the city of Los Angeles consists of the structural rehabilitation of an 8" diameter deteriorated asbestos cement water line which is located between Oceanside Street and 246th Street and runs under the Santa Fe and LA Harbor railway.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power provides water to the areas 3.8 million customers. "This will be the first Duraliner contract on the west coast," stated Mark A. Smith President and CEO of UGSI. Smith went on to state, "We are submitting numerous technical presentations and budget proposals throughout the western portion of the US. We are confident that this will prove to be a strong market for Duraliner."

Duraliner is a unique patented process for pipeline renewal resulting in a "stand alone" structural lining capable of handling internal minimum operating pressures of 150 psi with a 3.2 safety factor. Duraliner conforms to NSF 61 Standards for Drinking Water Components/Health Effects. In addition, Duraliner provides an equivalent design-life of new PVC pipelines (75 to 100 years) thus qualifying the rehabilitated pipe lines to be capitalized as new assets under the rules of GASB Statement 34.

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