SAK Construction, a national pipeline rehabilitation and tunneling industries contractor headquartered in the St. Louis area, is expanding its trenchless technology services to include rehabilitation of water distribution systems.

This major growth in capabilities comes as a result of SAK’s recently concluded agreement with Canada-based Sanexen Environmental Services Inc. to operate as the exclusive licensee for installing Sanexen’s Aqua-Pipe product in 10 U.S. states — Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas — plus southern Illinois.

Aqua-Pipe is a stand-alone structural liner, designed and manufactured to be cured inside 6- to 12-in. water mains, eliminating the need to use the more costly and disruptive “dig-and-replace” method of pipeline rehabilitation. Aqua-Pipe differs from liners used in alternative types of cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) technology in that it was developed specifically for use in drinking-water distribution systems, rather than in sewer pipes.

“Our Aqua-Pipe agreement opens a whole new service area for us and allows our customers to call on us for their drinking water needs, as well as the sewer system rehabilitation services we have been providing,” says SAK president Jerry Shaw. “As a proven water main rehabilitation trenchless technology, Aqua-Pipe is in great demand nationwide today. It’s cost-effective and allows us to repair damaged or aging underground pipes with minimal disruption to the surrounding environment.”

Aqua-Pipe, which is an American Water Works Association Class IV structural liner, was first developed by Sanexen a decade ago and has been successfully installed in more than 1.2 million ft of water mains in North America. Aqua-Pipe meets all drinking water requirements and is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation to Standard NSF/ANSI 61.

SAK Construction offers expertise in trenchless technology including CIPP and a full range of underground construction services to provide clients with cost-effective solutions to the problems associated with inadequate or deteriorating water mains, sanitary sewers and storm sewers.

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