A Major Water Main Crossing of the Ohio River at Cincinnati

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by Nick Winnike,
Joe Zistler,
Mark Raffenberg,
Vince Rybel,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pipelines 2002: Beneath Our Feet: Challenges and Solutions

Abstract: This presentation chronicles a major water main crossing of the Ohio River at Cincinnati. The project is of interest because it provides for the interstate sale of drinking water and technical challenges with the use of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for the installation of a 36-inch-diameter pipe. The installation, which is nearly 3000 ft in length, is thought to be one of the largest HDD projects in the Ohio River valley. Rapid growth that has been projected to outpace the current water supply capacity in Boone County, Kentucky and led the county to enter into a water purchase contract with the Greater Cincinnati Water Works. The greatest technological challenge to the pact was the installation of a 36-inch main across the Ohio River using horizontal directional drilling.

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | River crossing | Drilling | Rivers and streams | Drinking water | Water pipelines | North America | Ohio River | United States | Ohio | Cincinnati | Kentucky

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