There are many variables threatening America’s water from pollution issues and aging infrastructure to raising costs and droughts and rainfall patterns as the climate changes. The U.S. used to be a leader when it came to water infrastructure and management. Now, the U.S. is lagging behind receiving D ratings for dams, drinking water and wastewater. It’s time to start focuses on possible solutions to curb these issues – the U.S. can get A ratings and below are some of the solutions that may get the nation where it needs to be.
It starts with creating a national-level governance. Water technically has no boundaries and is very good at sometimes ignoring the municipal boundaries it does have. So what does this mean? One town’s water use or sewage can affect other cities or states that rely on the same water supply. That’s why many countries have a national water authority or commission that oversees water management across the country. The U.S. does not and we’re exactly the opposite. Our nation’s water supply is managed by individual municipalities each doing their own thing. This creates numerous hurdles to climb and makes it difficult to initiate and complete regional projects.
To do almost anything, there needs to be a budget and that’s the case with water infrastructure. The government spends only two percent of its GDP on infrastructure, and water infrastructure makes up just a part of that. The U.S. is spending less than Vietnam, Mexico, and Chile. If the U.S. wants nice things, like a water infrastructure that does not fail us, then the U.S. has to be willing to pay for them.
One possible solution that most do not consider is the private investor sector. Many investors are interested in investing in water-related issues, but they want to know more about the social and environmental effects their investments will have. The problem is that there are a lot of inconsistencies in how companies report these estimates. It has been suggested that investors, academics and regulators need to team up to create a standardized system of evaluating the impacts of sustainable investments. Another challenge is getting investors to understand how complex and important water is, since it affects agriculture and many other business sectors. Investors want to know the bottom line and with more impactful measurements and numbers, this should make it easier for private investors to contribute.
As the climate changes, so will the needs of humans. Changes in heat, humidity and rainfall patterns are going to shape where we live, grow food and produce energy. It’s important to monitor the trends of our nation’s water infrastructure and the trends of the climate so the U.S. and its residents continue having the water supply they need to survive.
Summer is in full swing in the city of St. Louis. The interesting things to do are limitless. Whether you choose to bring the family out to the Botanical Gardens, one of the informative Museums, or perhaps the remarkable Zoo. Whatever you choose, there are plenty of exciting summer activities to enjoy. While you are out and about, you may also notice one of the many sewer improvement projects currently in process in the city. One project includes the installation of up to 2,500 feet of 16-inch ductile iron water main. In addition, approximately 3,700 feet of 24-inch existing water main is being lined with 20-inch dissolvable PVC water main. Lining the water main, rather than replacing it, decreases costs to customers and prevents unnecessary disruption to surrounding infrastructure. The project is anticipated to wrap up at the end of this month.
The Botanical Gardens is also cultivating a useful tactic by incorporating sustainable features on premises. In an effort to keep rainwater from running off into the street, a rain garden can be part of a larger solution. Most storms that come through St. Louis typically deliver a little over an inch of rain over the course of 24 hours. A garden full of native perennial plants could potentially capture the first inch of rainfall.
St. Louis, did you know that Drain Surgeons- Sewer and Drain Cleaning Specialists – offer an assortment of plumbing services in your area? In the industry of CIPP, this company is making an impressive mark! The professional staff is committed to bringing you their collective years of experience and dedication to quality. Perma-liner™ Industries is proud to work with such an outstanding company. Whether you have a backup, blockage or simply need an inspection to be sure your home’s pipelining system is functioning up to par, schedule an appointment with Drain Surgeons. They are certified, highly knowledgeable and have 24-hour service, putting your needs first. For the best service, go to www.drainsurgeons.com or call 314-894-4716.
Undoubtedly, you are still enjoying the many highlights that this time of year brings, but as the glory days of summer begin to wane, no worries! We’ve got some exciting events scheduled for you and they’re coming up right around the corner. Mark your calendars for these informative trade shows that you won’t want to miss! First up, Perma-Liner Industries is pleased to announce we’ll be in Milwaukee on September 12-13th for the WEQ Fair. This is the place to be to gain a world of knowledge about the trenchless pipelining Industry and the equipment Perma-Liner Industries manufactures. You can expect to see our live demonstrations in the comfortable outdoor setting of the Wisconsin State Fair Park. This Wastewater Equipment Fair will have an assortment of commercial, industrial and municipal gear to become familiarized with and you’ll be intrigued to learn about the many systems used for sewer cleaning and rehabilitations.
Interesting fact: did you know the Milwaukee Mile is a one-mile long oval race track located at Wisconsin State Fair Park? It’s the oldest operating motor speedway in the world.
Next up! WEFTEC. Folks, this is the super bowl of trade shows. Not to be missed, and acclaimed as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world. Also known for the most comprehensive show floor, this conference provides an unparalleled bird’s- eye view to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field. This is an event that will give you the chance to network with associates in the industry or just learn much more about the field of technology and water quality, treatments, equipment, and services. We’ll have our representatives there to answer questions, perform live demonstrations and provide resources to further your knowledge of the trenchless pipelining industry. Here’s the info to mark your calendars: The 89th Technical Exhibition and Conference is being held on Sept. 24- 28th at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.
Interesting fact: The Convention Center has 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space and is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation.
Stay tuned… we’ll have more information (on even more events) on deck, coming up soon! Looking forward to see you there.
The city of Kirkwood is participating in a Sewer Lateral Insurance Program to assist homeowners with the cost of repairs to residential sewer lateral service lines. Average costs of these repairs are typically $3,000 or more. The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District does not pay for sewer lateral repairs. If you experience a blockage of your lateral sewer service line, the first thing to do is have your sewer lateral cabled. Cabling a blocked lateral is a home maintenance expense, therefore, the cost of cabling is not reimbursable under this insurance program. A $400 deposit is required for the city to conduct a video inspection and cable the line if necessary. The City will authorize you to make arrangements with a City contractor to video inspect the line. The cost of the inspection, cabling, cleaning, and/or unclogging will be deducted from the deposit and the remaining deposit refunded to you.
Kirkwood’s program applies to residential property containing six or fewer dwelling units. All residential condominiums are also included under the Sewer Lateral Program. The cost of the program is funded through an annual fee of $28, which will be placed on the property owner’s County property tax bill. In the event that accessory structures such as fences, sheds, garages, etc. are in the path of the lateral and lie over the damaged portion of the lateral, the City reserves the right to reroute the lateral, or to require any fences, landscaping or accessory structures to be moved at your expense.
This is where Perma-liner Industries can help! We manufacture state of the art equipment to keep your landscaping and home intact. We offer trenchless, Cured-in-Place Pipelining (CIPP). It is not only the quickest solution, but the most convenient and cost effective method for rehabilitating your underground pipelines. A major project like the repair of a sewer lateral can be met with ease if the right equipment is used. We want to hear from you! Call us or go online to find out more. 1-866-336-2568/ www.perma-liner.com
The Metropolitan Sewer District is implementing a long-term control plan (LTCP) to eliminate all sewer overflow disturbances during a 23-year period, as part of a consent agreement. The MSD is expediting project delivery throughout its service area by implementing a structured schedule and outlined design for several area infrastructure improvement projects. The Lemay Watershed will undergo more than 70 projects during a 5 to 10 year period. The Lemay Service Area covers nearly 119 square miles in the City of St. Louis and a portion of St. Louis County west and south of the city. The program will encompass four watersheds within the Lemay Service Area, including Gravois Creek, Mackenzie Creek, Martigney Creek and University City. Some areas are served by combined sewers while others are served by separate sanitary and storm sewers. Wastewater treatment is provided at the Lemay Wastewater Treatment Facility.
The span of the project includes review and evaluation of sewer sizes, recommended alignments and lengths, including hydraulic analysis and design assumptions, as well as private inflow reduction (PIR), and preliminary studies for some projects. Wet weather storage facilities and pump stations will be constructed to handle peak flows during storm events. Storage facilities may be above or below ground and will be designed to blend in with the surrounding area. The storage facilities will be equipped with automatic controls for filling, emptying and flushing as well as remote operation.
St. Louis, SAVE THE DATE! Perma-Liner Industries cordially invites you to the annual WWETT show! The Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show is happening on February 17th– 20th at the Indiana Convention Center.
100 South Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46225 U.S.A.
This is the largest annual trade show of its kind, the WWETT Show attracts some 14,000 environmental service professionals and exhibitor personnel from 53 countries. Register now and SAVE.
A septic tank is the most common onsite sewage treatment system in use in Missouri. Nearly 30 percent of all housing units in Missouri use onsite wastewater treatment systems. For at-risk areas, connecting to an adequate public sewer system is generally the best alternative for disposing of domestic sewage from private residences. Where access to a public sewer system is impractical or too expensive, proper siting and design of an onsite sewage system is critical to avoid its premature failure. Misuse of individual sewage systems results not only in water quality problems and nuisance conditions, but also in costly repairs to rehabilitate a failing system. Failing systems include both those that you can see and smell and those that seep effluent, or waste liquids, into groundwater supplies before the soil can properly remove disease-causing pathogens.
A septic tank system consists of three major components: the septic tank, a distribution device and an absorption field. A septic tank is a large, watertight, corrosion-resistant, buried container that receives raw sewage from the plumbing drains of the home. In it, solids are separated out of the raw sewage and are partially digested by anaerobic (oxygen-lacking) bacteria. After primary treatment in the septic tank, the liquid effluent flows through the distribution device, which ensures that equal quantities of effluent go to each pipe in the absorption field. The absorption field is a subsurface leaching area within the soil that receives the liquid effluent from the distribution device and distributes it over a specified area where it is allowed to seep into the soil. The filtering action of the soil, combined with further bacterial action, removes disease organisms and treats the harmful material in the effluent, completing the treatment process so that the water is recycled to the surface or groundwater source.