40% OF YOUR VALVES MAY NOT WORK.

Utilities depend on valves to control and isolate the water system in an emergency. Yet, research shows that up to 40% of valves do not work properly. Valves are often unlocatable due to outdated records or institutional knowledge loss. When found, many valves are inoperable. The American Water Works Association recommends maintaining critical valves annually. However, most utilities lack the staff and valve expertise to do this alone. Partner with Xylem to evaluate, rehabilitate, and repair your critical valves. You’ll gain better control of your network and avoid replacing valves with remaining life. This means more savings, lower consequence of failure, better customer service, and even improved water quality.

REDUCE CONSEQUENCE OF FAILURE.

Pipelines fail. Save time when it’s needed most, reduce damage, and restore service faster by knowing valve location and operability.

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FIX YOUR VALVES FOR LESS.

An experienced crew can rehabilitate most valves during regular maintenance. By restoring critical valves to full function, utilities can extend the life of these assets for a fraction of their replacement cost.

DATA IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND.

Prioritize maintenance with easy access to accurate, updated valve data. We capture actionable field data that integrates with your existing asset management systems.

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CHOOSE BEST-IN-CLASS VALVE MANAGEMENT.

Wachs Water Services, a Xylem brand specializes in valve assessment and rehabilitation. We have more than 20 years of experience at over 300 utilities across North America. We have successfully serviced more than one million valves, including over 65,000 large valves.

The larger a valve is, the more difficult it is to maintain and the more important it is to the safe operation of a water network. Our skilled team can spot problems long before they endanger water system reliability. We can also renew most large valves. Using a data-driven application of torque, Wachs Water Services has achieved the lowest valve failure rate in the industry.

BETTER CONTROL, LESS RISK, MORE SAVINGS.

Replacing failed valves is expensive and time consuming. Preventative maintenance and repair is more cost-effective, less risky, and more sustainable. Choosing repair over replacement can save utilities as much as 90%. Realize measurable operational, financial, and community benefits with a proactive valve management program.

WHY FOCUS ON SYSTEM CONTROL?

  • Ensure utilities can locate, access, and operate critical valves
  • Reduce the consequence and cost of pipe failures by improving emergency response time
  • Save capital dollars by avoiding replacement of valves with remaining life

 

  • Prioritize and streamline regular maintenance with actionable valve data
  • Inform asset management and emergency response planning
  • Provide valuable information on control point operability for inline pipe inspection

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN ASSESSES LARGE VALVES AND SAVES OVER $800,000 BY REHABILITATING RATHER THAN REPLACING EIGHT CRITICAL VALVES.

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REGAIN CONTROL OF YOUR CRITICAL VALVES.

A water main breaks in the middle of downtown. The local utility jumps into action but wastes valuable time trying to stop the flow. They finally locate the necessary valves only to realize one won’t close and another is inaccessible. 

Utilities can control failures faster and limit the affected area when valves work as intended. This means lower costs, less damage and disruption, and fewer customer complaints. 

Reliable valve performance is even more essential as pipelines age and their risk of failure increases. With routine maintenance, critical valves are built to last. But maintaining and rehabilitating these large, complex assets takes experience. Learn how Wachs Water Services can help your utility lower their capital investment and regain control of these essential assets.

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FOUR STEPS TO RESTORE SYSTEM CONTROL.

Take the four steps below to achieve water system efficiency and control and capture data for better decision making.

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STEP 1

ASSET IDENTIFICATION

Know where your valves are and ensure they are accessible. Identify which valves to assess, and determine the right level of evaluation.

STEP 2

VALVE ASSESSMENT

Check valve condition and status and diagnose problems. Evaluation levels range from a general visual inspection to an internal assessment of the gearbox or valve. Ensure proper valve position to prevent dead ends that affect water quality.

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STEP 3

REPAIR & REHABILITATION

Make informed decisions on whether to repair or replace broken valves. Repairs take place onsite, typically without shutting down the pipeline.  Our part design and fabrication services provide added cost savings.

STEP 4

ACTIONABLE DATA

Invest resources in the right assets at the right time. Accessible information integrates with a utility’s business systems. This data helps prioritize maintenance, streamline workflows, and boosts operational intelligence.

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