Emergency response in Compton

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Los Angeles Joint Outfall System rehabilitation uncovers deteriorated pipe.
Hobas Pipe
Curves that were not able to push through were relined by open-cut.

When the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD) were formed in the 1920s, the agency embarked on its first major project — construction of the backbone trunk sewer of the Joint Outfall System (JOS). Since then, LACSD has completed many challenging projects, providing environmentally sound, cost-effective wastewater and solid waste management services to more than 5 million people in Los Angeles County. 

The JOS is a large regional sewerage system consisting of 17 sanitation districts, serving 73 cities and unincorporated areas within Los Angeles County. The economies of scale and efficient operation of the large system have kept sewer rates in the districts among the lowest of all California and U.S. sewerage agencies.

LACSD owns, operates, and maintains approximately 1,400 miles of sewers that range in size from 8 inches to 144 inches in diameter. They convey approximately 500 million gallons per day of wastewater to 11 wastewater treatment plants. 

LACSD has been actively repairing sections of Joint Outfall “G” since 2009 with several phases previously rehabilitated. The next rehab phase was scheduled for an October 2013 start-up in Compton. The existing Joint Outfall “G” Unit 9 is a 39-inch, clay-tile-lined, reinforced-concrete pipe (RCP) that was installed in the 1940s along the current I-710 freeway that connects Pasadena to Long Beach. The freeway was built in the 1970s and pipe had to be relocated to allow for this work. In the late 1990s, it was observed that the cast-in-place clay tiles were falling due to corrosion in the mortar seal filling the gap between these tiles. Ultimately, the tiles in the top half were lost and RCP was exposed to severe hydrogen sulfide corrosion.

Pipes were easily pushed into position, and once installed, grouted in place.

The contractor on the most recent section, Joint Outfall “G”, Colich and Sons, LP of Gardena, Calif., had to rehab several junction structures. One of them was located in the intersection of Atlantic Street and Greenleaf Road. 

“During excavation around the structure, the contractor exposed the 39-inch RCP sewer on the downstream end and found a short section of missing pipe crown. The upstream 39-inch RCP sewer was previously sliplined with Hobas 33-inch fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) [pipe] and the downstream pipe was scheduled to be rehabilitated in the near future. After CCTV inspection, it was determined that approximately 700 feet of sewer downstream of Manhole 847 was deteriorated and needed urgent repair. This emergency repair work was completed as a change order to the existing project,” said Derek K. Zondervan, P.E., civil engineer, Sewer Design Section for LACSD.

To rehabilitate the deteriorated pipe, Hobas supplied 660 feet of 33-inch-diameter flush-joint pipe in 20-foot lengths and 60 feet of the same diameter in 5-foot lengths. The short pipes were required due to the presence of curves in the existing line. 

“The reach included two short-radius curves, one with a deflection of approximately 4 degrees near the downstream end of the 700-foot reach and a second with a deflection of approximately 25 degrees just downstream of Manhole 847 within the insertion pit. Five-foot sticks of Hobas pipe were pushed through the 4-degree curve and the 25-degree curve was lined by open-cut,” Zondervan said. 

“Sliplining the existing 39-inch RCP with 33-inch FRP pipe was the preferred option because it avoided the need for a full above-ground flow bypass,” Zondervan said. Another reason that Hobas was chosen was the quick response from the pipe manufacturer. “Hobas was able to provide the material within the relatively short timeframe of two weeks,” Zondervan said. 

The capacity of the line after rehabilitation was still sufficient even though the diameter was decreased. “The daily peak flow in this reach is approximately 10 cubic feet per second and the capacity of the 33-inch nominal Hobas FRP after sliplining is approximately 18 cfs,” Zondervan said.

Hobas has supplied more than 200,000 feet of pipe to the joint outfall rehab program since 1989. While many of these projects are planned investments as part of the county’s capital improvement program, some of these have been emergency projects. 

Information provided by Hobas Pipe USA (www.hobaspipe.com)


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