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Baltimore’s Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant Needs Double Containment Pipe Case Study

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The Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant has a current capacity of 63 million gallons of water per day, and a mandate to preserve the aquatic life of the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay. Increasingly stringent requirements for the purity of the wastewater that is returned to the Patapsco River require the safe use of chemicals in the cleaning process. IPEX GuardianTM and CustomGuard®double containment systems were used to guarantee durability and the secure transport of potentially dangerous chemicals throughout the wastewater treatment plant.


The primary and secondary piping material selected for each chemical line in the double containment system varied depending on the caustic properties of the chemicals. To aid in the detection of leaks, the engineers opted for IPEX Clear-GuardTM, PVC secondary containment pipe, where applicable, which allowed visual monitoring of the pipes. They also required the installation of the IPEX Centra-GuardTMElecronic Low Point Leak Detection System. This system allows for the installation of sensors at strategic low points that detect leaks and are connected to a reliable and maintenance-free leak detection monitoring station.

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