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.
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.
I hope everyone in or around the St. Louis area made it through the temperamental weather we have been having lately here in the area. Did you know that no dig can lead to more of a profit for your company? Are you happy with the revenue you are seeing for your plumbing company? Would you like to grow your business here in St. Louis and beyond? Perma-Liner can help you get on your way to making more revenue using our “trenchless technology.” This means little to no disruption to your clients home or yard and the best part…..they save money and you reap the benefits! Give us a call today to find out how! Our knowledgeable, well trained staff will walk you through the process and on your way to a profitable new skill. St. Louis call us at 866-336-2568.
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