North Carolina Leading the Way in Pipe Bursting Water and Wastewater Pressure Pipelines with Fusible PVC® Pipe

Pipe bursting gravity sewers has long been an accepted rehabilitation practice throughout the United States. Bursting water and wastewater pressure pipes, however, is a fairly recent development. The use of static/hydraulic pipe burst equipment has replaced pneumatic bursting machines for pressure pipe and offers many advantages to the end-user, including the ability to use Fusible PVC® pipe as the replacement pipe.

On the east coast, North Carolina utilities are leaders in pressure pipe bursting with over 70,000 feet of mains – primarily of cast and ductile iron – replaced with Fusible PVC® pipe. Project delivery models include annual contracts, design-bid-build, and self-perform, depending on a municipality’s capabilities and inclinations. Below are the state’s leading practitioners of pressure pipe bursting using Fusible PVC® pipe.


Greensboro: Annual Contract for 6” & 8” Water Mains (30,000 LF Installed)


Monroe: 6” & 8” Water Main Rehabilitation (self-performing)


Roanoke Rapids: Public bid with 10,000 LF of 6” Water Mains


Charlotte: Temporary Service Installed Prior to Bursting 3” Cast Iron Pipe


Reidsville: Project map Depicting Work Area for 6” Water Main Bursting


Cape Fear PUA: NEI Rehabilitation of 5,100 LF of 20” Ductile Iron Force Main

  • Installing Contractors:
  • KRG Utility, Inc. (Greensboro, Reidsville, Cape Fear Public Utilities Authority), Portland Utilities Construction Company, LLC (Roanoke Rapids), Dallas 1 Construction & Development (Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities Authority).
  • Select Specifying Consulting Engineers:
  • Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. (Cape Fear Public Utilities Authority), Hazen & Sawyer (Roanoke Rapids).