American Underwater Services, Inc. is a Fort Worth-based commercial diving and dredging company specializing in underwater construction, heavy marine salvage, and industrial and environmental diving. Some of their most common projects include creating, cleaning, restoring and maintaining waterways for golf courses, homeowner associations, industrial companies, water treatment and chemical treatment plants, and local and county governments.
Anthony Dilulio the founder, president and co-owner of American Underwater Services, Inc., started his business in 1999 with only three employees. Today this underwater diving company employs nearly 30 people and handles over 500 projects annually. Anthony moved to Fort Worth from Louisiana with his family in 1976. He worked summers during high school welding underwater for a marina on Benbrook Lake. Eventually he took scuba lessons after almost drowning on the job. Those lessons led him to training at a deep sea diving school in Houston, which included training on offshore oil rigs. Anthony spent several years in Louisiana working on offshore rigs and on inland jobs at power plants and dams before starting American Underwater Services, Inc.
Gary Pearce joined the company in 2000 as vice president and business partner. Though Gary is a West Texas native, he also navigated through scuba lessons and deep sea diving training in Houston. Gary and Anthony both worked for the largest underwater construction company in America at the time before joining forces at American Underwater Services, Inc. Gary actually saved Anthony’s life in 1995 by keeping him from getting crushed by a naval ship against some docks. Gary has been instrumental in growing the company.
Together Anthony and Gary built their start-up venture. The pair research and develop some of their equipment in addition to developing cost-efficient and earth-friendly techniques. Dredging and maintaining golf course ponds is a large part of their business. Recent projects include cutting the underwater pilings to remove a bridge over Lake Granbury for the Texas Department of Transportation, dredging a channel to a pump station for the city of Waxahachie, and dredging a trout-filled lake on a mountain in Taos, NM. One ongoing project is dredging sand and replacing crystal-clear water for a fracturing sand plant in Central Texas. American Underwater Services divers have also dredged and returned clean water to Barton Springs in Austin and Dead Man’s Hole on the San Marcos River, helping protect the endangered Texas Blind Salamanders that live there. American Underwater Services, Inc. has also worked with the Tarrant Regional Water District to maintain its pump stations, the Brazos River Authority and Lower Colorado River Authority.
Throughout history, gold and oil have been considered among Earth’s most valuable commodities. Today, however, water is rapidly becoming our most important resource—a resource that is quite frankly essential.
Whether you’re a municipality, a company, a golf course or a home owner, the provision, protection, preservation and maintenance of water supplies require a specialized team of professionals. Our team can assist in solving engineering, construction and maintenance problems—problems that face individuals and companies, as well as local and county governments.
American Underwater Services (AUS) has assembled a licensed and certified team that complies with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), USCG (United States Coast Guard) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulations and standards. AUS can perform environmentally friendly underwater services including wet-well cleaning, intake structure, dredging services and commercial diving services.
With their expertise at working with limited underwater visibility, American Underwater Services has come to the rescue of muddy marinas, murky sewage treatment plants and even dairy farm ponds filled with cow manure.
AUS was founded by Anthony Dilulio and Gary Pearce, two entrepreneurs who began their careers as offshore divers and realized that they needed to organize a professional team to support their efforts handling complex challenges. As a result, Anthony and Gary assembled an experienced sales team to accurately communicate their clients’ needs to the field teams.
American Underwater Services has become a leader in providing efficient performance along with environmentally friendly and cost-saving solutions. They serve as a specialized member of their clients’ engineering, construction and maintenance teams, routinely providing services that minimize downtime and maximize budgets.
As a leader in the field of dredging services, American Underwater Services incorporates several specialized techniques that are designed for working in small areas with limited silt disposal options. One popular method used by AUS is hydraulic dredging, where they bring in one of their portable floating dredges with an auger to agitate and loosen the material, which is then sucked up by a pump and transferred to a sediment pit or an environmentally friendly sediment bag.
Mechanical dredging utilizes a 60-foot long-reach track hoe which extends out into the water and loads trucks directly to an approved offsite location. AUS employs experienced operators who can complete the task carefully and quickly.
AUS diver hand dredging includes divers who direct a six-inch hose to suck up all the debris. This process is very popular as it causes minimal damage to surrounding areas.
Annually, thousands of dollars are spent on pump station repairs and replacements that could be reduced or eliminated by removing accumulated sediment, rocks and other debris from within their wet wells or pump basins. When the level of sediment reaches the pump’s impellers, they are subjected to pumping abrasive debris instead of water, which causes many problems.
AUS can de-silt wet wells, pump basins and water lines, replace traveling screens and inspect or repair sluice gates. AUS can rescue deteriorating wet wells and pump basins using the latest materials and techniques to realign and seal all connections to work longer than their original operational lifetimes.
When quality, performance and integrity count, American Underwater Services can be your most valuable team member.
This number can save you a great deal of time, effort and money. Call us at 817.377.8512 (toll free at 866.594.1272) or contact us via our website at www.AmericanUnderwaterServices.com.