Tracer Wire Specification – Water & Wastewater Utility

For years, Copperhead Industries has offered a “Complete Tracer Wire System.”  However, many variables can impact how the tracer wire gets installed. Often, tracer wire is installed differently from one job to the next even on the same utility. If tracer wire isn’t installed properly, finding it can be difficult. This specification was created to establish consistent tracer wire installation methods to accomplish the following;

  • Provide a system that enhances the locate signal improving locating accuracy and  efficiency.
  • If there’s ever an issue locating the utility, troubleshooting becomes much more efficient when consistent tracer wire installation methods are used from one utility to the next.

This specification focuses on water and wastewater utilities.

  • Standardizing installation methods
  • Using the correct type of tracer wire corresponding to specific installation methods (open trench, directional drilling, pipe bursting)
  • Tracer wire connectors on mainline splices, mainline Ts and crosses
  • Tracer wire termination boxes and tracer wire direct access points
  • Grounding tracer wire systems

Click on the following link to view the complete tracer wire specification and installation guide. Trace Wire Installation Spec.

Copperhead Industries would like to thank the staff at the Minnesota Rural Water Association. Their passion for the water and wastewater industry is inspiring. Thank you for your hard work in authoring this guide and conveying the importance of having a comprehensive tracer wire specification and standard installation methods. Your reach is extending well beyond Minnesota’s borders for the benefit of the water and wastewater industry.  Thank you!