El Paso, Texas
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El Paso Water Utility
In the spring of 2018, El Paso Water had slated to complete a $1.6 million West Hills Unit 23 project in west El Paso, Texas. Several inlets and storm drains were added to collect and convey stormwater in an effort to improve flood control. As part of these efforts, El Paso Water Utility reached out to Contech Engineered Solutions for a potential drainage solution to incorporate on a steep slope.
After some discussion, a DuroMaxx® steel reinforced polyethylene (SRPE) solution was chosen due to its structural capacity inherent in the steel ribbing in the pipe profile. In order to address the steep slopes of the surrounding area, DuroMaxx SRPE was ideal. The steel reinforced ribs would not creep or buckle while the smooth interior would provide superior hydraulics for anticipated flows. Ultimately, El Paso Water utilized a variety of diameters of DuroMaxx SRPE on the West Hills Unit 23 project as a test project to evaluate the potential of DuroMaxx for future city projects. The installation of this SRPE pipe drainage system was part of a greater project to create a new drainage pond in the area helping to mitigate flooding for the local residents.
The construction and installation of these storm drains took place over a period of two to three months. The project contractor, CSA Constructors, worked quickly to install over a total of 1,250 LF of diameters ranging from 36-inch to 60-inch DuroMaxx SRPE. The collaborative efforts between CSA and Contech throughout the entire installation helped the entire process to be completed quickly and efficiently.
The site has since seen numerous storm events and is performing very well.
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