Continued Growth Predicted for the Pipe-Bursting Market

Virginia contractor anticipates work to steadily increase as the need for replacing of underground pipes rises
Continued Growth Predicted for the Pipe-Bursting Market

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A familiar biblical passage says there is a time to build and a time to tear down. In terms of utility infrastructure, the time has arrived to tear down — replace — underground pipes carrying gas and water to industrial, commercial and residential customers. The time is right for companies like Capital City Services.

Wayne Norman, owner, says he expects pipe-bursting contracts to proliferate in the next few years as utility providers upgrade their underground lines. “Pipe replacement is a growing market,” Norman says. “The infrastructure in Virginia is at a point now where it requires maintenance.”

For example, Columbia Gas of Virginia in in the midst of a $150 million program to replace aging natural gas pipelines. The distribution infrastructure includes cast iron, steel and vintage plastic pipe. Columbia Gas has 5,000 miles of pipeline and is in the second year of its five-year replacement program.

Over the next quarter century, more than a trillion dollars must be expended to replace deteriorating drinking water pipes across the country as well as construct new ones for expanded populations, according to the American Water Works Association. This need was highlighted by the situation in Flint, Michigan, where lead pipes made water unsafe to drink. The Environmental Protection Agency says some 10 million American homes and other buildings get water in pipelines that are constructed at least partially of lead and in need of replacement.

All of this means that companies like Capital City Services have their work laid out for them for some years to come. “That’s called a blessing,” says Norman.

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