Year in Review: The Most-Read Articles of 2017

Year in Review: The Most-Read Articles of 2017

As the year comes to a close, we take a look at some of the most popular stories on If you missed any of these, now is your chance to catch up. Enjoy this look back at 2017.

10. Contractor Finds Efficient Way to Rehab 800 Laterals
MBI Pipelining took on one of its biggest tests in 2014 — the rehab of 800 laterals in New Castle County, Delaware. This story details how the company was able to get the entire job done in a little over a year.

9. University Study Questions Safety of Steam-Cured Pipe Lining
A Purdue University study published in July examined the potential release of toxic chemicals using a steam-cured CIPP process. You’ll likely be hearing more about this story in 2018. Industry groups like NASSCO questioned some of the study’s methods and are commissioning further research.

8. Current Ebola Guidelines May Put Sewer Workers at Risk
Drexel University and the University of Pittsburgh did an assessment of a sewer worker’s risk of contracting Ebola from inhalation exposure while working in a sewer line downstream from a hospital with Ebola patients. Their conclusion — the risk is significant enough to warrant further study.

7. 10 Tips for Maintaining Your Hydroexcavator Boom and Debris Tank
Two manufacturers provide some advice on caring for two of the most integral components on a hydroexcavator.

6. Sewer Worker Saved From Collapsed Trench
What oftentimes ends in tragedy in this industry had a good outcome in March, when a sewer worker in Nebraska was eventually saved after being trapped in a collapsed trench for nearly seven hours.

5. Tricks to Cleaning Cast Iron Pipe
A contractor explains the methods that have worked best for him when cleaning tuberculated cast iron pipe prior to a lining job.

4. Find That Buried Plastic Pipe
Over the years, plastic pipe has become more commonplace in the industry, but there’s an issue. It’s nonconductivity requires alternative methods from traditional pipe locators to find it once it’s buried. This article provides an overview.

3. British Utility Discovers 130-Ton FOG Blockage
In September, Thames Water made headlines after it discovered a “fatberg” the size of 11 double-decker buses blocking a stretch of London sewer. It took workers nine weeks to completely clear the blockage.

2. Boston Contractor Indicted for Fatal Trench Collapse
Criminal charges were brought against a sewer contractor in February in connection with a 2016 work site incident that killed two of its employees.

1. Root Cutting Secrets Revealed
Roots are always going to be a problem to overcome in this industry, so it’s not surprising to see that the most-read story of 2017 was an overview on how to best tackle tough root-cutting jobs.


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