Texas Regional Emergency Water Supply Repair | 2022 WWD Top Projects

Dec. 26, 2022
Public-private partnership repairs Aspermont, Carey and Northfield water pipes following Winter Storm Uri.

Through a $1 million investment from Dow, the communities of Aspermont, Carey and Northfield have reliable water supply following the devastation of Winter Storm Uri.

The three cities comprise a population of 1,500 people. During Winter Storm Uri, pipes throughout the community burst, leaving residents without clean drinking water. Industry partners, including Dow, partnered with the local governments to replace more than 40,000 feet of metal pipe with high density polyethylene.

“Dow and our partners within the Plastic Pipe Institute went to action quickly to make a difference in these Texas communities. It is definitely a success story worth celebrating,” said Dell Doyle, TS&D Scientist, Dow.

The pipe for the project called Continuum — bimodal polyethylene resins — was manufactured by Dow. Installation avoided approximately 3.5 millin gallons of annual water loss while also improving distribution of water to the communities.

Horizontal directional drilling was minimized disruption during installation, particularly when the pipe crossed under the Brazos River. Other sections were laid using traditional open cut.

Coordination among all partners — industrial, public, government and more — was vital to the project’s success and speed of action.

“By sharing this story, we hope to continue helping more cities improve their water infrastructure reliability while also inspiring others to take action to help their communities when such opportunities arise,” Doyle said.

About the Author

Bob Crossen

Bob Crossen is the editorial director for the Endeavor Business Media Water Group, which publishes WaterWorld, Wastewater Digest and Stormwater Solutions. Crossen graduated from Illinois State University in Dec. 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He worked for Campbell Publications, a weekly newspaper company in rural Illinois outside St. Louis for four years as a reporter and regional editor.