The city of Taylor, located in Wayne County Michigan, has experienced a high number of water distribution system pipe failures and was in need of system upgrades. Most of its pipeline failures were occurring in residential neighborhoods where the existing water main is comprised of cast iron pipe and is currently undersized, with most of the mains at 6-inches nominal diameter.
In 2013, the city, along with the help of Wade Trim Engineering, put a water main rehabilitation program in place. The program addressed the city’s water system infrastructure needs in the most cost-effective manner possible. The program was prioritized based on the most distressed areas of the system. While the primary focus was to fix the failing distribution lines, the current size of the cast iron pipe was also an issue because the Department of Environment Quality had upped the standard minimum water main size from 6 inches to 8 inches.
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