NCPI Introduces an Industry-First Operations & Maintenance Handbook

The National Clay Pipe Institute (NCPI) recently completed and published a comprehensive manual for cleaning and maintaining any sanitary sewer system.

Leaders of NCPI realized that decision-makers in the largest sanitary sewer systems in the country were specifying vitrified clay pipe (VCP) not only because of the long-term value represented by the life cycle of the material. They were also specifying VCP because of the operations and maintenance options the material provides in their systems throughout the life cycle.

One of the real benefits of this handbook, to any user, is the standard operating procedures (SOP) derived from Kent Carlson’s more than 30 years of experience with the City of Los Angeles. Another feature of the handbook is a guide to the use of aggressive cleaning techniques to achieve the goals of the Capacity, Management, Operation & Maintenance (CMOM) program and reduce SSOs by maintaining the designed operational capacity of a system.

“Kent was the driving force and our subject matter expert for this publication,” says Jeff Boschert, president of NCPI. “We couldn’t have done it without him.”

The full handbook is available on the home page of the NCPI website at, or printed copies are available from NCPI member companies.


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