Force Main Condition Assessment

5/16/23 at 9:00 AM to 5/16/23 at 10:00 AM

PLAN JPA is sponsoring a webinar on Force Main Condition Assessments. The objectives of this webinar is to familiarize our members with the consequences of force main failures and force main condition assessment as a tool to reduce the risk of these failures. Liability claims from these types of failures can be costly, and a force main assessment could be reimbursed under the PLAN JPA Grant program.

Please join us on May 16th, when Chris Ewers, Principal Engineer at Ewers Engineering, will provide a one-hour introduction to force main condition assessments. Below is an outline for the presentation:


  • Force main failures in California
  • Follow-on costs: Clean Water Act lawsuit outcomes and NGO requirements
  • Impact on wastewater agencies
  • New requirements from updated WDRs: resilience and condition assessment

Proactive Force Main Management

  • Stats: Lifespan of force mains in California/the U.S
  • Failure modes
  • Condition assessment
    • Objectives
    • Types/levels
    • Overview of tools
    • Condition assessment
  • Programmatic approach for condition assessment
    • Program components and standards
    • Setting action levels
    • Understanding/incorporating risk
  • Common issues for agencies getting started
  • Getting help
    • Funding: Plan JPA’s Grant Program
    • Consultants
    • Vendors

Speaker: Chris Ewers, P.E.

Chris has been designing pipelines and pump stations as a civil engineer for more than 24 years, designing for a 100-year service life for force mains. For the last 15 years, he has worked with California sewer agencies to develop a systematic, risk-driven approach to maximize force main service life.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is intended for supervisors, engineers, risk managers, and wastewater agency management, but anyone involved in wastewater O& M will likely benefit.

Register here.