Trenchless system for lead pipe replacement goes nationwide

The Kobus pipe puller, an innovative trenchless technique for removing old pipelines and replacing them in the same gap, is capitalized after receiving the Abbott Innovative Product Award at the NASTT 2019 No-Dig Show in Chicago in March this year.

Kobus is the only trenchless solution that can completely fix the problem. It is truly unique at a time when concern about lead in soil is growing, be it on the farm or otherwise. Because of this, the city of Bay City, Michigan recently purchased one of the specially designed machines to perform the Kobus process.

“We obviously have a problem with lead pipes in Michigan,” said Dana Muscott, Bay City manager. “We are assigned to remove the lead pipes from the curb stops leading to the houses.”

What attracted municipalities, contractors, and water companies alike to Kobus is that it eliminates health concerns overall, reduces underground congestion, and unlike other removal methods, the process is safe. As more states seek to solve the lead pipe problem as public health concerns increase, the Kobus technique is an obvious choice.

“These are exciting times for Kobus as we strive to help communities that care about water safety and want to address the issue quickly, safely, economically, and with the minimum of disruption,” said Tom Atienza, director of the US – American and Canadian offices of Kobus USA. “We also know that beyond the subject of lead pipe safety, it is becoming widespread to replace aging general water and gas supply pipes everywhere.”

It is generally accepted that there are more than 6 million lead supply lines in the ground across the country. At the same time, the required maximum lead content in the water is regularly reduced by environmental quality departments. This is forcing local authorities to take an increasingly proactive approach to addressing this problem.

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