Sunrise Water Authority has contracted with Echologics, LLC, perform a pipeline condition assessment project beginning August 21. Residents will see crews out and about in the community between August 21st and 25th as they evaluate pipe conditions. Signage will be placed to warn motorists of the presence of crews along roadways.
A series of mainline breaks in certain areas have all been the result of similar pipeline corrosion. In response, Sunrise Water Authority inventoried pipelines of the same vintage and materials. Pipes identified as being most at risk are being tested using non-invasive acoustic technology to help us prioritize our pipeline replacement program.
Water mains generally have life spans of 50 years or longer. Prior to the availability of technology such as that being used in this assessment, water utilities regularly scheduled pipeline replacement based on pipe age. Utilizing this technology allows Sunrise Water to target pipe segments with actual damage for replacement and delay replacing pipe that, while older, remains in good, serviceable condition.