Project #4624

High Consequence Isolation Valve Placement and Operation for Effective Risk Management of Pipe Failure

In Progress
Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Dr. Jian Zhang
Pure Technologies US Inc.


This project will provide guidance to water utilities on how to manage high consequence isolation valves as a component of a pipe risk management plan. The main deliverable will be a guidance manual, which will include examples of how to operate and install valves on high consequence water mains. The guidance manual will also present a number of business case studies, which will highlight how water utilities can determine when it is economical to install new valves as a backup to older valves, install new valves for isolation of failures in lieu of main replacement, or automate valves in the event of high consequence failures.