Progress Made In Crossbore Avoidance, Discovery

Dealing With Crossbores
By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | August 2010 Vol. 65 No. 8

“Ultimately,” Miller said, “a solution will require sewer system owners to take responsibility for providing a long-term fix to the crossbore problem.”

IPBA’s Bruce emphasizes that efforts to address crossbores extend beyond utility providers and contractors.

“Manufacturers of equipment,” he said, “can be more responsive to educating those who operate their equipment in specific and detailed ways. This includes new installation machinery and drain cleaning tools. Sewer owners should be aware that providing prints of their systems can be the first step for installers not to damage their lines. The drain cleaning and plumbing industries should be acting aggressively to ensure every worker is educated.”

In conclusion, Bruce observes that the public has a part to play in preventing crossbores.

“The general public can be instrumental in preventing explosions by their awareness of the danger,” he said. “Several utilities and states provide information to homeowners and drain cleaning professionals explaining the potential of explosions resulting from gas lines installed through sewers. These efforts can be expanded. Direct mailings to individual homeowners have been implemented. Education of drain cleaners is logical and effective but not widely adequate. CBSA has participated in education with presentations and manning of booths at trade conventions.”

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