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.
The City of Columbia has an extensive sewer rehabilitation project in the development process. The project will begin along Flat Branch, installing a new pipeline from Lakeshore drive to Elm Street. The sewer renovations will include construction of 5,530 ft. of 30-42 in. diameter gravity sewer. This will replace the smaller diameter lines. Currently, it is estimated that the maximum capacity of the sewer pipe is 3,800 gallons per minute. Residents have sustained overflows due to heavy rain and the instability of the pipeline. The city is working with engineers who are planning a start date for the project in December or possibly January of this year. The strategy in planning a late in the year start date for renovations has to do with fewer people using the nature/fitness trail, as well as fewer community events schedules at Flat Branch Park. Some pipes that have deteriorated are older than 100 years old, consisting of clay. Cracks in the pipes allow rain to enter the sanitary sewer system and cause overflows, a problem known as inflow and infiltration. The expectation of the enhanced sewer is to accommodate additional development in the future. It is also a means to reduce the sewer utility’s maintenance costs over time. There are several remaining phases that will be implemented after the completion of the first phase. The second phase of the project will install a new sewer line near providence Road and Turner Avenue. The estimated cost will be approximately $410,000. The third and fourth phase will involve new sewer lines along Elm and 6th Streets, as well as sections along 4th and 5th Streets.
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School is in session! An exciting time for freshman and upper-class men alike. One of the things that may not be a topic that is frequently thought of, is the underground infrastructure and building history of some of the most attended colleges. Understandably so, but in many cases there is a rich historical background to consider. Such is the case with Columbia College of Missouri. Did you know that the initial infrastructure was a problem when the school was founded and the first classes were held in an unfinished mansion? The College began as a Christian Female College, receiving its charter from the Missouri Legislature on January 18, 1851, making it the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by state legislature. Columbia was also home to Stephens College, founded in 1833 and chartered in 1856. And by that time there were 150 students, including 85 boarders. Now there are many changes, including renovations to buildings and enhancements to underground infrastructures, as well. But, many of the late day buildings remain intact. The St. Clair has stood the test of time, as it is the main administration building. St. Clair was built in 1900 from pressed brick and Bedford stone in an Elizabethan style and still a mainstay of the college along with other sturdy infrastructures.
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The 88th Annual WEFTEC (the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference) is taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, from September 26-30, 2015 and Perma-Liner Industries will be there! Come check us out. We will be at booth #804 and we’d like to provide info, as well as, answer all of the questions you may have about trenchless, Cured in Place Pipelining. It’s our specialty and we want to share it with you. The conference is the largest conference of its kind in North America and offers water quality professionals from around the world with the best water quality education and training.
The City Council in Columbia has agreed this month to move ahead on a reconstruction project. The Henderson sewer will be upgraded with approximately 8,000 ft. of sewer line to extend the existing sewer along Henderson Branch creek. The sewer district, in conjunction with the City, is creating a budget and timeline for the enhancements. The extension will serve commercial and residential customers in about 1,300 acres of the Henderson Branch watershed and about 800 acres adjacent to the watershed.
A fun fact: The Saint Louis Zoo is considered one of the best zoos in the country. And, it is located on the historic site for the 1904 World’s Fair.
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The 88th Annual WEFTEC (the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference) is taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., from September 26-30, 2015 and Perma-Liner Industries will be there! Come check us out. We will be at booth # 804 and we’d like to provide info, as well as, answer all of the questions you may have about trenchless, Cured in Place Pipelining. It’s our specialty and we want to share it with you. The conference is the largest conference of its kind in North America and offers water quality professionals from around the world with the best water quality education and training.
Residents of St. Louis, we have had a time of it with an unfortunate sewer back up! In addition, heavy rains made for an even messier clean up and worsened conditions of homes inundated by water and sewage waste due to a flash flood. Many homes also have damage to their basements. Due to the likeliness of mold build up, it’s recommended to dispose of items that are water logged as mold can be hazardous to your health. The City is expected to pay up to $8,000 per home for cleanup provisions. After a state of emergency was declared, roads were closed as old bridges were estimated to be unsafe due to high water.
Flooding is an unfortunate by product that an over worked sewer system and continual rain can cause. Perma-liner can help! We have a top of the line rehabilitation and repair system that can save you the worry of ‘what if’. We have state of the art trenchless technologies that also keep your landscaping intact. Give us a call or go online to www.perma-liner.com to find out how we can help you keep the underground infrastructure at your home functioning its best.
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