Search Press Releases

Press Release Archive

Press Releases

  |   Views: 13042
  |   Categories: Water Utilities Press Releases

Innovative Technology Used to Inspect Water Infrastructure in Lee’s Summit

Innovative Technology Used to Inspect Water Infrastructure in Lee’s Summit

The City of Lee’s Summit’s Water Utilities Department is taking a proactive approach to ensure the integrity of its pipeline infrastructure through the use of an innovative technology, known as PipeDiver. PipeDiver is a free-floating device, which will be used during a March 21 inspection to assess the condition of one of the City’s critical water transmission mains without interrupting water service to residents.

The City is working with HDR Engineering Inc. and Pure Technologies to perform the inspection. PipeDiver will be inserted into the pipeline at the Bowlin Pumping Station near Northeast Maybrook Road. The device will then travel approximately six miles through the transmission main before being extracted near Northeast Douglas Street and East Chipman Road. As PipeDiver travels through the pipeline, its sensors collect data regarding the condition of the pipeline. This method was selected because it is a non-destructive testing method that can be done with the pipeline in service.

“This pipe was selected because we consider it one of our most critical pieces of infrastructure. If it fails, it could cause damage to the surrounding area because of the amount of water it carries and would severely impact our operations,” said Jeff Thorn, assistant director of engineering services for the City of Lee’s Summit. “The data collected during the inspection will allow us to detect structural weaknesses and make necessary repairs, to avoid any costly emergency situations.”

Since this inspection takes place while the pipeline is still in service, it is imperative to ensure there is no negative impact on the quality of the water. Before PipeDiver is inserted into the pipeline, it will be fully disinfected onsite using a chlorine solution.

Once the inspection is complete, the data is collected and analyzed to determine areas of concern. Pure Technologies will compile a report, which will aid in the development of an asset management strategy for the Water Utilities Department.  

Print

Latest Press Releases

Lee’s Summit City Council Landfill Opposition
Lee’s Summit City Council Landfill Opposition

Lee’s Summit City Council Landfill Opposition

On Thursday, Jan. 19, the City of Lee’s Summit City Council unanimously passed a resolution expressing opposition to the location of a landfill outside the corporate City limits and near the border of the City. The resolution is in response to the potential development of a landfill within the city limits of Kansas City, located between 155th Street and 150 Highway, and Horridge Road on the west to Peterson Road on the east.      City...
City of Lee’s Summit Announces New Assistant City Manager
City of Lee’s Summit Announces New Assistant City Manager

City of Lee’s Summit Announces New Assistant City Manager

The City of Lee’s Summit is pleased to announce the selection of Donna Lake as assistant city manager. Lake begins her position on Feb. 6 where she will support and direct various aspects of the City’s operations and lead the implementation of a number of strategic plan initiatives for the community. “We are excited to welcome Donna to the City. Her depth of experience implementing successful programs and initiatives will be a tremendous addition...
City of Lee’s Summit Announces Director of Development Services
City of Lee’s Summit Announces Director of Development Services

City of Lee’s Summit Announces Director of Development Services

The City of Lee’s Summit is pleased to announce the appointment of Joshua Johnson as director of development services effective Jan. 7. For the past five years, Johnson has served as the assistant director of plan services, where he supervises a team of planners, engineers, project managers and code professionals evaluating projects at all stages of development. Prior to joining the City of Lee’s Summit, Johnson held various positions of progressive...
Boiler Fire Damages Commercial Building
Boiler Fire Damages Commercial Building

Boiler Fire Damages Commercial Building

On Monday, December 19, 2022, at 11:44 p.m., the Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to a reported commercial structure fire at the John Knox Village Maintenance Building, 626 NW Pryor Road. John Knox Village Public Safety received an automatic fire alarm for the building. When public safety officers arrived, there was smoke in the building, and they notified the fire department. Officers located a fire on a mezzanine in the shop area, attempted to...
1345Last