Another cool tool we use is called a Pipe Diver, which like its name says, "dives" into and travels through the inside of our pipes. The robot-like tool can see inside and tell if the pipes are in need of repair. The sooner we know that information, the better, because it helps us know to repair or replace a pipe before it breaks.
We need to be sure the pipes that deliver the water, and take away the wastewater from your home last a long time. That's why we're installing a special kind of iron pipe that will last for 100 years or more. Way back when WSSC first began, many of the pipes in the ground were made of wood. Now, pipes are made of concrete or iron. First sprayed with zinc coating, this pipe is then wrapped in an extra layer of protection to make it even more durable. We're proud to say that we're the first utility in the country to make this our standard pipe.