One of the biggest challenges facing municipalities across the country is the maintenance of the hundreds of thousands of miles of public sewer lines and the lateral lines that connect private residences to the public sewage system. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are between 23,000 and 75,000 sewer overflow events every year, most of them caused by deteriorating infrastructure. Local governments are expected to invest billions in repairing these wastewater assets, forcing civic planners to seek out cost-effective solutions that will allow them to deliver the most value with their limited budgets.
If you’ve ever encountered a pretty old and gnarly manhole while driving, then you know how big of a nuisance they can be. Damaged manhole frames and covers can create sewer blockages, act as road hazards, and lead to other safety and liability issues.