WERF Releases Force Main Inspection Study

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | April 2012, Vol. 67 No. 4
Walter Graf.

Benefits of the report include a detailed review of the characteristics of the wastewater force main network, information about experiences of wastewater utilities and the most common defects they encounter, a comprehensive review of currently available inspection technologies and their capability and feasibility in force main inspection, and guidelines for development and implementation of force main inspection within condition assessment and asset management programs.

The report proposes a structured approach to force main investigation driven by information need and cost-effectiveness within a condition assessment and asset management program. It provides guidelines for developing and implementing force main inspection programs.

Founded in 1989, WERF is a leading United States independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and storm water issues. Over the past 20 years WERF has produced 300 research reports, valued at more $62 million.

To order a copy of the force main inspection report, call WERF at (571) 384-2100 or visit www.werf.org and click on “Search Research Publications & Tools”. Refer to: stock number 04CTS6URA.


SIMPLE (Sustainable Infrastructure Management Program Learning Environment) WERF’s web-based, asset management knowledge base contains more 16,000 pages of best practices and processes from around the world. SIMPLE offers users state-of-the-art strategies, tactics, decision support tools and resources.

The knowledge base is divided into two levels corresponding to the experience level of the user. The introductory level is available to the public free of charge; the advanced practitioner’s level is available to WERF and WaterRF subscribers only. Individual subscriptions also are available.