American Samoa Outfalls | 2007-2008
AUS divers spent several months in American Samoa repairing outfalls for both government and private customers. A semi-autonomous agency of the American Samoa Government operates two primary treatment wastewater plants in Utulei and Fogagogo (Tafuna).
The outfalls from these plants service about 8,000 connections and require repair to avoid environmental degradation of American Samoa's near-water shores. The repairs involve deep water marine construction, surveying, and salvage skills that can only be performed by highly experienced and knowledgeable professional divers. AUS also performed effluent pipeline repairs for tuna canning facilities located on the island.
These pipelines extend from coastal points of origin far into the ocean to depths of 180' or more. The pictures show our diver welding clamps on one such pipeline. The 36" clamps are the shiny objects on both sides of the pipeline. The topside photo shows the sometimes turbulent conditions under which the work had to be accomplished.