February 2018 Luncheon Presentation

  • 21 Feb 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (PST)
  • Dave & Buster's – Irvine Spectrum • 661 Irvine Spectrum, Irvine CA


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February 21 Luncheon Topic 

Assessing the Useful Life of AC Pipe


Karyn Igar

Senior Civil Engineer,
Mesa Water District

Dave Spencer

Program Development Lead, HDR 

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Mesa Water District owns and manages some 317 miles of water main pipelines. As the system ages, Mesa Water realizes substantial investments will be required to sustain its desired levels of service. With this in mind, Mesa Water conceived and completed a Master Plan in 2013 to assess the future of its pipeline system. Utilizing an age-based analysis, Mesa Water estimated that approximately $300 million of pipeline replacement would be needed over the next 30 years.

Over the years, Mesa Water pipelines have performed very well. The system experiences pipeline breaks at rates similar to other water systems in Southern California and approximately four times better than the national average. Therefore, even though some pipes have been operating for over 90 years, Mesa Water believes substantial portions of the system still has significant remaining useful life.

Guided by its Master Plan, Mesa Water District’s Board of Directors has set a policy to systematically assess the remaining useful life of its pipelines rather than replacing a pipeline solely based on age. This approach will save Mesa Water hundreds of millions of dollars in near term replacement expenditures by continuing to operate old pipe that is in good condition.

With engineering support from Michael Baker International and HDR, Mesa Water has developed an ongoing pipeline assessment program for its asbestos, cement, and ferrous pipelines. This program involves extensive system analysis, as well as non-destructive, and destructive testing to assist them to make accurate determinations of expected pipeline usefulness. In this way, Mesa Water can prioritize which pipelines need to be replaced based on remaining useful life.

By utilizing this meticulously conceived program, Mesa Water has been able to conserve capital resources by replacing pipelines only when they have deteriorated, not just because they reach a certain age.

Join us this month for an informative look at how Mesa Water and its engineering partners developed their innovative system of analysis. There are lessons aplenty to be learned from this highly successful program, and many practical applications for the technological advances developed in the creation of this cost-saving Master Plan.

OCWA Members with Reservations:  $30.00

Non-Members with Reservations:  $45.00

OCWA Members without Reservations:  $45.00 (at the door)

Non-Members without Reservations:  $45.00 (at the door)

Reservations must be made by end-of-day, February 20,

to qualify for the Reservation Rate.

Cancellations received AFTER this date CANNOT be refunded.

About Our Speakers

Karyn Igar

Karyn Igar is a Senior Civil Engineer with Mesa Water District. In her 5 years at Mesa Water, she has managed a variety of projects, including the Water System Master Plan Update and the Rehabilitation and Automation of Mesa Water’s Five Clear Water Wells.

Karyn is also Mesa Water’s Program Manager for Water Loss Audit and the Pipeline Integrity Testing Program.

She earned her Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCI, and her BS from Ohio State. She is a licensed Civil Engineer in California

Dave Spencer

Dave Spencer is a program development lead for HDR. Throughout his career, he has developed and implemented asset management programs encompassing over 70,000 miles of pipeline. Dave has also co-authored several Water Research Foundation books on the topic, as well as the ASCE Manual of Practice.

Dave specializes in bringing folks together from various disciplines and levels of an organization to ensure they understand each other’s perspectives, goals, and challenges, and positions them to collectively implement practical solutions.

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