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.
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.
Peaceful Valley Lake is a residential Missouri neighborhood known for being a quiet getaway for tourists and an agreeable location to reside. Along with the calm nature of the town, the lake community is aiming to bring down ammonia levels discharged from the community’s lagoon. The completion for this task could take up to a year and a half. Property owners have been working to resolve lagoon discharge issues over the recent years. The city is currently reviewing potential strategies to fund the needed updates, as well as, working to map the lines and identify problems through smoke testing. The process for testing the sewer lines includes setting up a gas powered blower over manholes, blowing smoke into the branch (line) and determining whether there is smoke coming out of the ground. Nearly 100 manholes and 36,000 feet of sewer mains have been located. Additionally, volunteers will be doing some brush clearing in the next few weeks in an effort to find the remaining lines.
After rain events of two-plus-inches in area neighborhoods within the St. Louis region, manholes are being opened in order for flow observations. Given the size of the system, the work to uncover faulty areas of the pipeline is expected to take several weeks. This month workers cleaned out the sewer pipes removing roots and debris in preparation for sealing the older pipes with Cured-in-Place Pipeline. The main goal is to keep wet weather events from inundating the sewer system, causing overflows and sewage backups. Taking the necessary preventative measures in advance can curb the likelihood of flooding and damage to residences, including but not limited to, back up issues in a homeowner’s basement. The utility has been inspecting its sanitary sewer pipes with a camera and also checking lateral lines that run from the main to individual homes.
Coming soon: Perma-Liner Industries is busy making plans for you. We’re planning a “Trenchless Tour” on July 27th in the New England area. We’ll be posting more information on this spectacular event…stay tuned!
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 well-known symbol of St. Louis is in the process of being renovated. The Gateway Arch is a global icon and symbol of the St. Louis region. It represents the spirit in all of us to discover and grow. With this project comes the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to integrate the Gateway Arch and what it represents into the fabric of the region. And in doing so, make it easier for St. Louisans and visitors to safely access and enjoy a treasured monument and the space surrounding it.
The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument clad in stainless steel and built in the form of an inverted, weighted catenary arch. It is the world’s tallest arch, the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri’s tallest accessible building. Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, it is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and has become an internationally famous symbol of St. Louis. The original construction of the Arch began Feb. 12, 1963, was completed in 1965 and opened to visitors in 1968. The total building cost back then was $13 million. The monument symbolizes St. Louis’ role as an old Mississippi River town in the westward expansion of the United States. By 2017 all of the work is expected to be completed, which will include raising the ground by the river 3 feet so it floods less often. The residents of St. Louis recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of this highly acclaimed attraction. Visiting the Gateway Arch is an enjoyable experience for residents and visitors that encompasses the energy of the region, the power of the riverfront and the calm beauty of an urban national park.
St. Louis, Perma-Liner Industries is here for you! For all of your trenchless pipeline rehabilitations, give us a call @ 1-800-336-2568 or online www.perma-liner.com