About 10 years ago, Taylors Fire and Sewer District in Taylors, South Carolina earn an agreement that required them to eliminate inflow and infiltration into their five-county wastewater collections system within 15 years, giving them a completion deadline of 2021.
In 2008, they made their first move toward all-digital CCTV inspection systems, replacing an old inspection truck with a Ford F-450 Gas Cab 4x4, outfitted with a CUES K2 Base Station saved from the old truck. Additionally, they added an Insight Vision push camera on a fiberglass rod, a CUES K2 portable system, a self-propelled lateral inspection system with color pan-and-rotate camera for 6- to 30-inch mains and 3- to 8-inch laterals, and a mini pan-and-tilt lateral launch system. In 2012, they brought on a CUES locator sonde to find their existing OZIII camera in the line, should it get hung up. They also purchased a CUES WTR crawler with 6-inch rubber wheels, plus an auxiliary set of 8-inch steel wheels.
Because of this modern technology, Taylors has now been able to focus more on CCTV inspection and where their efforts have been most effective for I&I reduction. Overall, the efficiency has paid off. “We’ve exceeded our goal of inspecting at least 8 miles of line annually since 2005,” says Samantha Bartow, director of sewer services.