Seligman buys $9,600 in pipe locators

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Purchase aims to help city comply with federal, state guidelines

Seligman recently purchased $9,666.53 in pipe locating equipment to comply with federal regulations and state statutes.

"Every public utility must be able to actively locate their equipment," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk.

The Seligman Board of Aldermen approved a bid from Tontitown, Ark.-based HD Supply Waterworks after Wayne Persons, Seligman maintenance supervisor, recommended the company to the city out of the bidder list.

The purchase included an AquaTrac 50 non-metallic pipe locator, a magnetic locator, a pipe and cable locator and a LD-12 professional water leak detector.

The AquaTrac 50 sends pulses of water through the pipes, then it's got a detector where you walk with it to locate pipes, Nichols said.

"It tells you where the signal is the strongest, telling you that you are directly over the pipe," he said.

The magnetic locator acts like a metal detector, and Nichols said it locates sewer pipes and galvanize water lines deep within the ground. The pipe and cable locator would detect wire such as copper trace wire on top of water lines. It also locates sewer lines, mains or services via a metal snake.

The LD-12 contains a box you carry with headphones and a sensitive microphone that allow you to detect water leaks, he said.

"They come highly-recommended," Nichols said. "They are really good and really accurate. You can pinpoint a water leak that's down in the ground that's not necessarily presenting itself."

The Missouri Underground Facility Safety and Damage Prevention statute requires a notification center for people who want to excavate an area. Missouri One Call System, which is a non-profit state corporation, was established in 1986.

Before anyone excavates an area, he or she must call the Missouri One Call System, which then notifies the appropriate utility organizations. The utility representatives will then mark the locations of pipes and service lines with paint, stakes or flags.

"We need to make sure that we accurately mark our water lines and service lines, so if somebody has to come in and do some digging, they don't interrupt service and contaminate our water system," Nichols said.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversees the federal guidelines with locating pipes.

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