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"Find and Fix" vs. "Convey and Treat"

Collection systems require costly and time-consuming maintenance decisions from private owners and municipalities on a continual basis.   A constant challenge being encountered across the country involves finding an attainable and affordable plan of action involving repairs and sustainability.  One major cost concern focuses on locating where clear water inflow and infiltration are compromising a sanitary collection system. The “Find and Fix vs Convey and Treat” methodology was conceived after FloCis faced these same types of challenges.

Ownership of a collection system involves responsibility of its maintenance.  While the costs of acquiring these assets may have been none to minimal, future upkeep expenses can be extremely expensive.  Collection systems have been designed with longevity in mind but making sure they are working efficiently requires planning and action. 

FloCis has developed a concept that believes it is more fiscally responsible to find the problem areas within a collection system and repair only those locations.  Repairs at site specific points allow for allocated resources to be used to their fullest value.  While maintenance is needed throughout a collection system, concentrating on areas that have been compromised will produce positive results that can be documented when inspected after repairs have been completed. 

Clear water inflow and infiltration are main sources of excess flow to a treatment plant.  Theses unplanned flow conditions are obvious indicators of problems within the collection system infrastructure.  Pipe deterioration, additional stress to lift stations and treatment plants as well as regulatory infractions are only some of the negative effects associated with I & I.  These are all symptoms but not necessarily the source of the problem.  “Find and Fix” seeks to repair the source in order to stop the symptom as opposed to treating the symptoms and not actually solving the problem. 

Locating the effusion source is the key to lessening the damages that are occurring within the collection system due to the capacity overload.   While the symptoms identify there is a problem, finding the source is where you begin the correcting process.  Repairs based on eliminating the original point of intrusion are the core message of our methodology.

It may appear to be less complicated to deal with excess storm water getting into the sanitary system by adding bigger pipes that drain into equalization basins or larger treatment plants. Our experience, though, has shown that much sooner than expected a treatment plant will be pressed to exceed its capacity and an expansion project will again be considered.  It is a popular notion that building a bigger treatment plant will usually win over replacing a collection system.  While these traditional methods may have been the standard remedy of the past, innovated options are working to reduce spending budgets that are stretched to their limits.  FloCis methodologies and tools are redefining avenues of detection that can aid communities in their struggles to meet asset sustainability, customer demand and regulatory compliance.