NCPI Welcomes Carlson as VP

The National Clay Pipe Institute (NCPI) welcomed Kent Carlson as Vice President. Carlson has been working with NCPI since the first part of July, after a very successful career of more than 30 years with the City of Los Angeles. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Carlson started working for the city as a machinist and worked his way up to Sewer Operations Manager.

While at the City, Carlson invented a number of tools for cleaning sanitary sewer pipes, including:

• The Hollywood Hustler (reverse three-bladed root saw used on mechanical rodders)
• Sparky or the Rat Rod (a high rpm/low-torque hydro-mechanical can cutter, used to cut protruding laterals and remove mineral deposits)
• Hailey’s Comet (a tail piece nozzle for hydraulic root saws)
• A quick change coupling for mechanical rodding trucks that has reduced operator injuries

That background gives Carlson a unique “in the trenches” understanding of the challenges facing municipal sewer professionals. When the City of Los Angeles began tracking such things, there were over 1,000 spills per calendar year. Using aggressive cleaning techniques and tools, in 2017, that spill rate was just 70 per year for over 6,700 miles of sanitary sewers.

“I loved my job and the people I worked with at the city,” said Carlson, “but I had a strong team in-place that no longer really required my daily participation. The opportunity to meet more sewer rats like me and work with them on a broader set of challenges was too good to pass up!”

Carlson has been a popular speaker at many of NCPI’s recent presentations and trade shows. If you are interested in hearing Carlson, speak, contact NCPI to schedule an Operations and Maintenance Presentation.

Carlson can be reached at (661) 993-2282 or

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