Education Key To Addressing Growing Lateral Issues

Part 3 In An Ongoing Series
By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | December 2010 Vol. 65 No. 12

“NASSCO, for example, is not a lobbying organization; its mission is to set standards for the rehabilitation of underground pipelines, and laterals are no exception” he said. “This is one case where industry associations can work together to make a difference for the greater good through awareness and education of this problem. While the intended audience for industry associations is cities, contractors and engineers, these associations should consider consumer (property owner) awareness campaigns from a public relations approach.”

Another way to educate and influence is through the building industry.

“Organizations such as the Building Owners and Managers Association as well as the National Association of Realtors could be great allies in this effort,” said Carroll “ICC-ES (ICC Evaluation Service, Inc.), the country’s leader in evaluating products for compliance with building codes, has worked to build awareness and demand of CIPP solutions for laterals and verticals among property owners and managers. Continued acceptance by this industry will work to build awareness for properly maintained laterals overall.”

Finally, all elements in the industry need to work together.
“This is one instance where competition should be thrown out the window,” said Carroll. “It will take all of us – manufacturers, suppliers, associations and others allied with the trenchless industry – to come together to build awareness among property owners and municipalities. The bottom line is that there is plenty of opportunity for all of us to succeed; however, in order to get there we must all come together to build the high levels of awareness necessary to initiate change.”

NASSCO, (410) 486-3500,
Hoffman Southwest Corp.,(800) 784-7473,
Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc., (615) 252-4441,
MaxLiner, (276) 656-1225,
TT Technologies, (800) 533-2078,

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