Hydroexcavation Comes of Age

Hildebrandt, Peter
July 2006
Planning;Jul2006, Vol. 72 Issue 7, p36
Trade Publication
The article discusses the utilization of Hydroexcavation as an alternative method to conventional way of excavating in the U.S. The use of hydroexcavation can be traced way back 1840s during the time of California Gold Rush where miners applied water pressure to uncover gold from the soil. It is another way of digging which employs pressurized water and vacuum systems making the work safer specially in the city areas. McElroy Inc. senior vice president Randy McElroy states that the new method does not damage lines as what assumed by the analysis. Severn Trent Services Inc. contract operator Bill Keener reveals that McElroy had a $500, 000 deal with the city of Laurel in Mississippi for excavation projects in 2004.


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