Loss of Carrying Capacity in Pipes—Transporting Softened Water with High pH

by Thomas Walski, Water & Wastewater Utility, United States,
James D. Edwards, Water & Wastewater Utility, United States,
V. M. Hearne, Water & Wastewater Utility, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering

Abstract: The increase in pipe roughness and loss in carrying capacity for water mains carrying high pH water is documented with over 20 field tests conducted in Austin, Texas. The data show that the rate of growth of pipe roughness decreased once the Utility began to add scale inhibiting chemicals to the water.

Subject Headings: Water pipelines | Load bearing capacity | Water supply systems | pH | Pipes | Water level | Hydraulic roughness | Field tests | North America | Texas | United States | Austin (Texas)

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