Camden, AR Crosses Ouachita River Using Fusible PVC® Pipe

Settled on a bluff overlooking the Ouachita River, Camden is simply referred to by local historians as "The Bluff," a small community that once housed a bustling steamboat river port. The city is still home to 12,183 residents and making an industrial comeback, thanks to increased defense contracts and a myriad of small business and professional activity. As Camden begins to modestly expand again, vital improvements are needed for its water infrastructure.

The Ouachita River is the city's water source for all municipal usages, with Camden Water Utilities drawing approximately 900 million gallons from the river annually. When a new transmission main was needed to cross the river in 2011, AL Franks Engineering of Texarkana, AR designed and led the project. AL Franks decided to utilize horizontal directional drilling (HDD), thereby boring a path for the main to run under the river. They selected 16-inch and 20-inch Fusible C-905® against 20-inch and 24-inch HDPE due to the thinner wall and smaller inside diameter of Fusible PVC® pipe as compared to an upsized HDPE pipe with a similar pressure rating. Using Fusible PVC® pipe also enabled the utility to utilize standard ductile iron fittings for easy reconnection to bell-and-spigot PVC pipe, eliminating the need for expensive specialized fittings and transition pieces typically required when connecting to HDPE.

Pipeline Details and Project Summary
Project: 16" Water Transmission Main and Ouachita River Bore
Location: Camden, Arkansas
Pipe Size: 960 LF 16" DR18 Fusible C-905® 800 LF 20" DR18 Fusible C-905®
Installation: Horizontal Directional Drill
Pull Length: Camden Water Utilities
Engineer: AL Franks Engineering, Texarkana, AR
Contactor: Barnwell Industries, Queen City, Texas

Barnwell Industries said, "Fusible PVC® pipe has opened up new opportunities in Arkansas and is a viable option when choosing butt-fused plastic pipe. We will continue to use Fusible PVC® pipe for future projects."