Hillsborough County awards InfraMetrix sewer assessment contract

The $8.7 million contract is to verify and update the county's current sanitary sewer system information and to compile a comprehensive understanding of the physical characteristics and condition of all of the sanitary sewer assets. This involves 1,300 miles of sanitary sewer infrastructure...

InfraMetrix to inventory, assess 1,300 miles of sanitary sewer infrastructure.

WAKEFIELD, MA, April 24, 2006 -- Hillsborough County, FL, has awarded InfraMetrix LLC an $8.7 million contract to verify and update the county's current sanitary sewer system information and to compile a comprehensive understanding of the physical characteristics and condition of all of the sanitary sewer assets, the company announced Friday. Its assessment will cost-effectively and comprehensively assess the structural condition of the County's manholes and gravity sewers to help the County identify those with the greatest risk of hydraulic deficiencies or structural failure to proactively avoid future sewer back-ups or overflows.

Hillsborough County currently provides sanitary sewer service to approximately 135,000 accounts in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County. All of the information collected in the field using the CUES/IMX truck mounted zoom camera, including the results of the condition assessment of manholes and pipelines, will be entered into a personal database for integration into the County's GIS and CAMS databases.

According to InfraMetrix president William DiTullio, the firm's unique technologies and software tools help utilities minimize sewer overflows by economically collecting real-time data about sewer system performance under actual operating conditions. "We are confident that our stationary truck mounted boom camera systems will provide the level of detail and picture quality needed to perform a thorough assessment of the condition of the County's manholes and pipelines. Additionally, our CUES/IMX camera sees farther than hand-held pole cameras, an essential requirement for improving system management and performance."

Nationwide, sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) release billions of gallons of untreated wastewater into rivers, streams and coastal waters, causing water quality impairments, beach closures, drinking water supply contamination, and other environmental and human health problems. Sewer overflows are enforcement priorities for USEPA, which since 1998 has concluded over 40 CSO and SSO enforcement cases representing more than $14 million in civil penalties. It is projected that over $50 billion will be spent on reducing CSO volume over the next 20 years.

Created to help utilities optimize their current O&M programs and support the restoration or replacement of aging buried infrastructure, InfraMetrix LLC (www.inframetrix.com) offers public and private utilities a unique suite of infrastructure diagnostic services providing critical information on water distribution and sanitary/storm water collection systems. It utilizes proven technologies to focus on accessing water distribution and sanitary/storm water collection systems, including the CUES/IMX diagnostic zoom camera and condition assessment and asset management software.

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