America’s Failing Water Infrastructure: There are Ways We Can Begin to Fix It

Jun 06

America’s Failing Water Infrastructure: There are Ways We Can Begin to Fix It

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...

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End In Sight for Sewage Overflows in Southern Indiana

May 21

End In Sight for Sewage Overflows in Southern Indiana

If everything goes as planned, New Albany residents will see an end to sewage overflow during heavy rains. Residents have been dealing with this issue for decades. In 1992, the EPA came in to regulate the city’s unsanitary sewage problem as this area used to see as many as 80 overflows a year. Now, they are down to approximately 11. The last overflows in the city were somewhat concentrated to a certain area of town that will now be installing 1.6 million gallons of storage underground. This storage will essentially capture excess sewage when the sewer system becomes overwhelmed during rain events. Because of the ongoing sewage overflow problems, the EPA put restrictions on the city’s development. The installation of the 1.6 million gallons of storage is expected to take care of the issues and complete the obligation the city has with the EPA. The city is hoping this installation helps with economic development because right now the EPA is regulating how much and how many businesses and homes can come onto the sewer. The city officials claim it’s restricting their growth. Though they’ve worked for years to stop the overflows, sewer department officials believe this is the final solution to alleviate the problem altogether. If you are looking for information on protecting, lining and repairing pipes, or for the nearest installer, contact Perma-Liner™ Industries today. Perma-Liner™ is the leading manufacturer and supplier of trenchless pipeline rehabilitation equipment and materials in North America. For almost 20 years, we have developed systems to rehabilitate existing sewer systems without excavation. Our experience in the CIPP industry has allowed us to design, patent and manufacture state of the art technology in order for us to repair structures without excavation. Attention all Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Kentucky residents and installers, Perma-Liner™ Industries has an event for you to attend! Everyone is invited to our LIVE DEMO June 27 – 28 in Plainfield, Illinois. Click here to register and find out more. You can expect to have our knowledgeable staff on hand demonstrating to you the latest CIPP technology. We hope to see you...

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Louisville’s Magnum Opus: Eastern Parkway’s Slip lining Project

Jun 26

Louisville’s Magnum Opus: Eastern Parkway’s Slip lining Project

The city of Louisville is not alone in its vast efforts to rehabilitate the sewer systems as many throughout the nation are aging and outdated. That said, not all infrastructures are created equal. An infrastructure replacement project can be extensive and troubling when costs are passed onto the taxpayers. But what about other, more tangible inconveniences such as traffic delays and pesky travel detours and re-routings? The city has found a way to keep such slights far from the unsuspecting traveler and homeowner. While the city is currently replacing over six miles of sewer pipeline, there has been little impact on neighborhoods and residents. A multi-million dollar plan is underway and the location is the Eastern Parkway. Interestingly, the pipeline to be replaced is being slip lined- a pipe within a pipe-thereby eliminating the need to excavate. The pipeline being replaced is a 48 in. cast iron pipe and is nearly a century old. The pipeline services the Crescent Hill area and has had several cracks and leaks during recent years. The Eastern Parkway is the largest water infrastructure project in Louisville-to date, as well as the first time the city has used slip lining for its pipelining projects. This overhaul primarily addresses the solutions needed to keep neighborhoods in Louisville and Jefferson County protected, as heavy storms have caused increased incidences of flooding to hundreds of homes. Louisville, Perma-Liner Industries would like to invite you to our exciting summer event! If you missed our Open House this month in California, no worries! Come to our Delaware Open House next month! Stay tuned for all of the details. It’s taking place from July 18th-20th. We want to see you there, and as always, we’ll have our experienced crew demonstrating equipment and all the latest in CIPP. Make a plan to attend and see you...

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Indianapolis Suburbs Assist Environment with Man-Made Strategies

Nov 11

Indianapolis Suburbs Assist Environment with Man-Made Strategies

Many cities throughout the Midwest are heeding the call to keep the environment in which we live protected and free of hazardous pollutants. A junkyard facility in the suburbs of Indianapolis is mapping out a strategy to do just that. The city is projecting an expense of nearly $1.5 million to build a storm water treatment plant, as well as holding ponds, consisting of a million-gallon capacity. This is an inventive means to stop years of pollution in its tracks and help support the environment. Heavy rains washing off roads, parking lots and buildings are placing a burden on shared sewer and storm pipes, particularly in the older parts of Louisville. This has also caused massive spills to Beargrass Creek and the Ohio River, totaling over 5 billion gallons as recent as last year. Surprisingly, this is approximately 1 billion gallons more than an estimated 10-year average.  Historically, rain events are analyzed in terms of their chances of occurring in any single year. For instance, a 100-year storm would have a 1 percent chance of happening in any year. By contrast, a five-year storm would have a 20 percent chance of occurring in any year, while a two-year storm would have a 50 percent chance. The District is also now designing seven giant underground storage basins and a 2.5-mile-long tunnel to temporarily hold the mixture of rain and sewage for treatment later. Fortunately, in the years ahead these capacity issues will be alleviated as the city is on the verge of its best solution to address an overloaded system with an organized system. Save the date! Perma-Liner Industries is preparing for our California Trenchless Tour! It’s taking place in Concord, California on December 6th-8th. For details on all the educational demos on CIPP and events we’ve planned for you, please visit our website or call us: www.perma-liner.com /...

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Hustonville Gets the Go-Ahead for Sewer Upgrades

Apr 12

Hustonville Gets the Go-Ahead for Sewer Upgrades

The County of Lincoln has begun a sewer rehabilitation project that has been in the making for several years. The project, in its entirety, is expected to cost upwards of $5 million. Much of the expense will be paid for in grants and loans. The timeframe for the sewer upgrades will be approximately one year, with a probability of completion prior to that. Once the city completes the project the connections to the sewer from residences can be at the assistance of a certified plumber. Notification letters will be sent to homeowners regarding landscaping and what to do to protect it from the ongoing repairs. The district will construct sewer taps for customers’ homes as part of the project, including crossing streets with pipes if necessary, at no cost to the customers. The City of Hustonville will also inspect each sewer connection at a fee of $100 and customers will need to notify the Hustonville Water Office once construction of their sewer pipes is complete. Once sewers are connected to the new system, households are instructed to pump and disconnect old septic tanks from the home. Perma-Liner Industries wants to help you with your connections to the sewer by recommending one of our certified professionals. For the best referral in the business please give us a call. We’ll put you in touch with the right person for your plumbing needs, making it easier for you to focus on your busy schedule by handing the job to the most qualified plumbers in your city. Call us for more information: 1-866-336-2568 or online www.perma-liner.com. We’ll be there for you! Save the Dates: Perma-Liner Industries has a lineup of events for you to attend!  All are invited to come to one, or if you’re adventurous, all of our LIVE DEMOS coming up in April and May. You can go to www.perma-liner.com to register and find out more but first…here are the dates and locations to save: We’ll be in Seattle April 27th, Chicago May 4th and Philadelphia May 18th. You can expect to have our knowledgeable staff showing you the latest CIPP technology. We want to see you...

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