Open cut pipe replacement is the most commonly used method for water system upgrades. Typically, open cut replacement will involve abandonment of the existing pipe in place. In some instances, open cut replacement is necessary where rehabilitation is not an option due to system layout or existing pipe condition.

Flexibility—   When open cut replacement is used as a rehabilitation technique, it provides the owners a chance to reconfigure their infrastructure by relocating valves, hydrants, and the pipe to more preferred locations.