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Trillions of Gallons of Drinking Water Wasted Each Year in the U.S.

One-sixth of the water treated is lost between the treatment plant and the tap.

Imagine Manhattan under almost 300 feet of water. Not water from a hurricane or a tsunami, but purified drinking water. That’s the amount researchers estimate is lost each year from our aging pipes – many over 75 years old. 

Billions of dollars are going down the drain as well, because utilities can’t charge customers for water lost before it gets to them. Fixing the problem will cost at least one trillion dollars, according to David LaFrance, CEO of the American Water Works Association. 

Many communities are doubling and tripling water rates, while others are asking voters to approve massive bond initiatives to fund water infrastructure projects. But some watchdogs groups are skeptical of the spending, and want utilities to audit their systems and install and upgrade meters first, so they know just how much water they are losing. Read the whole article here.

HydraTech’s trenchless solutions can repair leaks for a fraction of the cost of pipe replacement. Learn more at

The state of America’s transportation, energy, water and wastewater infrastructure has long been a source of political gridlock, as this 2007 cartoon by The Birmingham News’ Scott Stantis attests. In their most recent Report Card for America’s Infrastructure (2013), the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the state of our roads, bridges, levees and dams a D+.

Case Study: Corroded High Pressure Gas Transmission Line Restored with Four Layers of HydraWarp


The challenge was to reinforce defected areas of a high pressure gas transmission line due to external corrosion, and provide protection from further corrosion. 

Engineered Solution 
The solution utilized the HydraWrap Structural Composite Repair System. 

A client requested a permanent structural repair of the exterior of 14-in diameter API 5L X46 piping to prevent further corrosion to the area, and to reinforce it back to original condition. 

The solution utilized four layers of the HydraWrap carbon fiber system to repair areas of the pipe with wall losses of 40% or greater. The exterior of the piping was prepared by grit blasting the surface to remove any dirt and loose debris and to obtain a surface profile. Once the surface was prepared, the HydraWrap epoxy primer was applied to fill in voids to bring the pipe back to original shape and promote adhesion. Once the pipe’s surface was primed, the HydraWrap carbon fiber was saturated with HydraWrap wet–out epoxy and applied to the primed surface. Two separate areas of the 14-in pipe were repaired and reinforced with the HydraWrap carbon fiber reinforced composite. The HydraWrap system restored the structural integrity and extended the service life of the pipe.

Visit us at:

Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association Conference
September 14 Booth 402

Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Water Environment Federation
89th Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference
September 24-28 Booth 1319

New Orleans Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Fun Fact:

Play-Doh was first manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a wallpaper cleaner.

Address aging pipe challenges cost-effectively with HydraTech’s trenchless solutions.
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