Mar 19, 2019

Ohio County Uses Geopolymer Mortar for Sewer Lining Restoration

Product helps county repair aging sanitary sewer lining

All work was done from a single entrance point at the project site
All work was done from a single entrance point at the project site

A 10-mile portion of a sanitary sewer interceptor was inspected for the first time in 2010 since its construction in 1970. The interceptor ranges from 60 to 90 in. in diameter and includes several inverted siphon crossings. LSCE had the inspection data evaluated to move forward with repair recommendations and implementation. The first phase of work was prioritized through reviewing factors such as the severity of the defects, continued modes of failure and consequence of failure. Some of the characteristics of the phase one section of the pipe included 90-in diameter reinforced concrete pipe (RCP), heavy H2S degradation and crossing a state freeway.

Lucas County Sanitary Engineer (LSCE) obtained state funding to complete the first project in 2018 and decided to treat the first phase of the project as a pilot effort to evaluate various rehabilitation technologies. The proposed technologies were cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), sprayed-in-place pipe (SIPP), spiral lining and slip lining. An bypass pumping plan contributed to a project win for Michels Corp. using GeoSpray geopolymer mortar.

Completed project using GeoSpray mortar
Completed project using GeoSpray mortar


The RCP had 1800 ln ft of pipe to be sprayed with the mortar to a 2-in. thickness. This pipe is the main interceptor into the Lucas County Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) in Waterville, Ohio. The alignment includes four 45 degree curves in the first 180 ft. Michels established a bypass system to divert wastewater around the work area and into the WRRF because the plant needed to remain in operation during the repair process. The bypass system ran across a footbridge above Interstate 24, and Michels drilled a 96-in. steel shaft to serve as an access for future work after the current project is completed.


The project was started in August and completed in October, and the entire repair was done from a single entrance point. The county requested additional work to be completed, including several manhole structures and influent chambers at the plant. The next phase of the project is planned for bidding this summer with specifications for the same geopolymer mortar material based on the experience using GeoSpray mortar during phase one.

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Project Details

  • Location: Lucas County, Ohio
  • Application: Sanitary Sewer Lining
  • Client: Lucas County Sanitary Engineer (LCSE)
  • Installation: August 2018
  • Contractor: Michels Corp.

The project was completed October 2018
The project was completed October 2018


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