Vacuums save time, money

Workmen install one of the main lines in Albuquerque's vacuum sewer system. No trench boxes were needed and most of the installation occurred in the right of way without disrupting traffic.

Valve pit installation, using lightweight materials, requires minimal equipment and labor. Here, workmen lower a valve pit into place in preparation for connection to two nearby homes. Photos: AIRVAC

Ray Lawrence, maintenance specialist, with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County water utility authority, makes adjustments on a vacuum valve controller. The local utility received system operation and maintenance training from AIRVAC.

From left, Bob Paulette, Greg Olson, and Bill Zimmerman were instrumental in the design and installation of Albuquerque's vacuum sewer system. They are shown here in one of the system vacuum stations.

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