The City of Jacksboro is lining the old broken clay wastewater pipes in Jacksboro with a unique, fairly new pipe lining system that is saving the taxpayers thousands of dollars. It is fast, using a threading system of sorts, where the pipe lining fabric rolls off a huger roller flattened and inside out, then is threaded and blown through the clay pipe with compressed air, heated, and then the liner hardens it into a material that will last for many years, according to City Manager Mike Smith. Smith and Robert Tomison went to New Braunfels last October to see the system, which had been used for a year there. They researched, obtained bids and purchased equipment within last year's budget.
The company, PermaLiner, out of Florida, has two representatives training Jacksboro city employees to operate the equipment to re-line the pipes of Jacksboro. On site Friday were city employees from Breckenridge and Graham watching the process just as Smith and Tomison did in New Braunfels. To prepare the pipes for the lining, cameras are run through to determine the service lines needing repair, then a cutting machine eliminates roots and other obstacles. The "threader" will blow the material from one manhole to another, taking about 10 minutes, then one hour to heat and harden with temperatures to 150 degrees, and another hour to cool down. The equipment can thread and reline pipes up to 500 feet for commercial pipelines. Smith said, "This is exciting because we will not have to tear up streets now to repair pipes. It is durable, fast, economical for several reasons, and it will save the City lots of money. We will be able to repair the infrastructure much more quickly to prepare to repair the streets. And we never have to dig a hole." The City repaired 520 feet on Sixth Street earlier in the week and had several more planned in the next several days.