Shawnee has a world of waste water pipes that do their job almost everyday without anyone noticing, except those in the city’s stormwater maintenance team.
Over the past couple weeks, steam has been billowing into the air from some of these pipes, rising from open man-hole covers and evaporating into the cold air.
The steam has become a more common sight in recent years around Shawnee as the city uses a complex system to help maintain and repair the city’s 176 miles of storm drainage pipes. The process is called Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP) and uses a type of resin to patch up metal corrugated pipes that are deteriorating around the city. Steam is used to set the resin and erupts form the pipes as a byproduct.
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