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HydraTech Newsletter Archive
Volume 1 Issue 1
What do HydraTech and John Melloncamp have in common?
Singer-songwriter John Mellencamp grew up in Seymour, Indiana, as did HydraTech’s new Sales Engineer, Jim Lawton. We’re thrilled to welcome one of Seymour’s finest, because Jim brings a rockin’ background in both engineering and water/wastewater equipment sales.
Volume 1 Issue 2
HydraTech Adds to its Houston Office
When he’s not working, HydraTech’s new Area Manager can be found backpacking, hunting, camping or wake boarding. On the job, Tim Santikos also spends a lot of time outside – thinking outside the box, that is. He’s a self proclaimed efficiency expert, always looking for better ways to do things.
Volume 2 Issue 1
Water Problems Like Those in Flint, Michigan Could Become Widespread
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan was caused by aging pipes. Eric Scorsone, an economist at Michigan State University who has followed the case, says Flint may be the “canary in the coal mine” signaling more problems to come across the country.
Volume 2 Issue 2
EPA Providing Help for America’s $270 Billion Wastewater Infrastructure Needs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center in January 2015 to work with states and communities to find funding for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure modernization.
Volume 2 Issue 3
Potentially Crippling Effects of Aging Water Infrastructure Coming to the Surface
The EPA’s most recent report to Congress shows a $150 billion increase in capital needed to fix buried infrastructure by 2030 compared to a 1999 estimate. The problem for most water utilities is finding the resources to address pipe deterioration, yet when they are able to take a systematic approach to asset management, operational and maintenance costs can be greatly reduced.
Volume 2 Issue 4
New HydraTech Product Approved for U.S. Navy Use
Waterline White Epoxy is a safe and environmentally friendly product with 0% VOCs. It offers excellent adhesion, abrasion resistance, seawater resistance, cathodic disbondment resistance (in all classes except 16, 17 and 19) and ANSI/NSF-61 certification (for potable water with tanks as small as 10 gallons and pipes down to 6 inches).
Volume 2 Issue 5
Water Utility Leaders Urge Congress to Fund Infrastructure Renewal
More than 130 water utility professionals from 47 states visited with members of Congress April 13-14 to urge funding for critical loan programs to repair and renew U.S. water and wastewater systems.
Volume 2 Issue 6
Repair Fractures Today, Prevent Sinkholes Tomorrow
Even tiny cracks or misalignments can allow dirt to sift into pipes, eventually causing so much erosion that the street surface collapses. Small repairs prevent the need for much more costly ones later, so cities like San Francisco are inspecting pipes regularly and making repairs as soon as possible.
Volume 2 Issue 7
Water-Wasting Leaks Plague U.S. Cities
Cash-strapped cities like Hoboken, N.J., and Syracuse, N.Y., are contending with leak-prone water systems in various ways. Hoboken has shelled out $2.8 million since 2009 on emergency repairs. The city of 55,000 residents sees about 25 water pipe breaks a year.
Volume 2 Issue 8
Trillions of Gallons of Drinking Water Wasted Each Year in the U.S.
Billions of dollars are going down the drain as well, because utilities can’t charge customers for water lost before it gets to them. Fixing the problem will cost at least one trillion dollars, according to David LaFrance, CEO of the American Water Works Association.
Volume 2 Issue 9
U.S. Infrastructure Crumbling, with Little Consensus on Who Should to Fix It
Robert Puentes, director of the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative at the Brookings Institution, says policy discussions are complicated because infrastructure is such a broad subject, and the federal government’s role is more limited than most Americans believe.
Volume 2 Issue 10
Think Country is Falling Apart? In Terms of Infrastructure, You are Right
In this age of modern technology, medical advances, and an International Space Station, it seems incredible that the vital infrastructure of the U.S. is collapsing. But because we have invested less and less in the systems that make our lifestyle possible, that is exactly what is happening.
Volume 2 Issue 11
Infrastructure in Critical Need of Repair, but Federal Spending Down 9%
Eight-year-old Troy Douglas was killed walking home from school when an explosion rocked his Baltimore neighborhood in 2014. The pipelines in the vicinity of the disaster ranged from 84 to 106 years old, some of them cracked and corroded.
Volume 3 Issue 1
Our Health and National Security Depend on Strengthening our Water Infrastructure
We’ve known for years that our nation’s investments in water infrastructure weren’t keeping up with the needs. But those struggles are not the same everywhere—they are most acute in low-income and small communities.
Volume 3 Issue 2
Reworking the Funding to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure
What we as a nation seem unable to do is come to a consensus on what exactly needs to be done to remedy the situation. While we talk about “infrastructure” as a whole, the concept is really made up of many smaller parts—and those parts don’t all function or find funding the same way.
Volume 3 Issue 3
America Gets D+ on 2017 Infrastructure Report Card
America’s infrastructure is close to failing. That’s the assessment of the ASCE, which released its 2017 infrastructure report card a few weeks ago, giving the nation’s overall infrastructure a grade of D+.
Volume 3 Issue 4
Dangers Lurk When Underground Infrustructure Fail
A recent string of sinkholes started in Frasier, MI on Christmas Eve. Of 22 houses affected, three were condemned. Officials temporary evacuated 19 others because utilities had to be shut off. About 400,000 people nearby were asked to conserve water until a fix was complete.
Volume 3 Issue 5
Man-Made Sinkholes Outnumbering Those Caused By Nature
Dora Nishihara was driving in San Antonio one dark evening in early December when she suddenly disappeared. Later, her car, with her body inside, was found at the bottom of a 12-foot-deep water-filled sinkhole that had swallowed the road ahead of her.
Volume 3 Issue 6
Staggering Costs Ahead For Water Infrastructure
A recent AWWA study said that required national-level investment will double from roughly $13 billion a year now to almost $30 billion annually by the 2040s (in 2010 dollars) and that level of investment must be sustained for years if current levels of water system performance and service are to be maintained.
Volume 3 Issue 7
Water Infrastructure Solution? Open Materials Competition!
Many municipalities currently have statutes on the books that limit which materials can be used for projects. Oddly, they do not allow several materials that would otherwise meet project specifications and national standards to be considered.
Volume 3 Issue 8
Why Can’t America Build Fast & Cheap Anymore
For some mysterious reason, the same mile of road or train track costs a lot more to build in the U.S. than in France or Japan. One popular villain is union labor. But places like France have some of the strongest unions in the world. Strikes by rail workers are commonplace.
Volume 3 Issue 9
Cheaper Piping In The 1970’s Costing Water Systems Billions Now
For the LA Metropolitan Water District (MWD), which serves 19 million residents of Southern California, the wake-up call sounded in 1999. That’s when a water main in Irvine suffered a catastrophic blowout, spilling 5 million gallons and shutting off service to 700,000 residents.
Volume 3 Issue 10
$1 Trillion: The Cost Of Clean Water
In the U.S. and Canada, the underground water infrastructure was installed during three main time periods: the 1800s, from 1900–1945, and post 1945. It is theorized that pipes constructed in each of these three eras will all start to fail at nearly the same time over the next couple of decades.
Volume 3 Issue 11
Battle Of Titans Raging Inches Beneath Our Feet
Plastic and iron are locked in a war over the billions local governments will spend on pipes over the next decade. Iron and steel make up almost two-thirds of existing municipal water pipe infrastructure. But over the next decade, as much as 80 percent of new investment in water pipes could be spent on plastics, Bluefield Research predicts.
Volume 3 Issue 12
Dealing With America’s Aging Water Infrastructure
Much of our infrastructure dates to the early 1900s, with a lifespan of 75 to 100 years. So many of the country’s water mains, pumps, and pipelines are either in need of replacement or are coming close to it.
Volume 4 Issue 1
States Using Tolls To Raise Infrastructure Cash
New toll roads or toll lanes are opening this year in five states. And rates on many existing toll roads and bridges went up at the first of the year. The reason for this surge? States’ budgets are tight and highway funding from Washington is lacking: the federal highway trust fund is nearly insolvent, as the federal gas tax hasn’t increased in 24 years.
Volume 4 Issue 2
200 Year Old Water Mains Unearthed In Philly
About five sections of wooden water mains were recovered recently in Philadelphia. Each of the sections was approximately 6 to 12 feet long with a diameter of 3 to 6 inches at an opening in its center.
Volume 4 Issue 3
21 Million Americans May Be Exposed To Unsafe Drinking Water Annually
In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that, since 1982, between 3 and 10 percent of the country’s water systems have been in violation of federal Safe Drinking Water Act health standards each year.
Volume 4 Issue 4
USU’s Buried Structures Laboratory Has Published A Second Comprehensive Study On Break Rates Of The Most Commonly Used Water Materials
USU’s Buried Structures Laboratory has published a second comprehensive study on break rates of the most commonly used water pipe materials. Dr. Steven Folkman, who authored a similar survey in 2012, received over 300 utility responses to his survey, representing approximately 200,000 miles of installed water mains. The survey recorded 23,803 pipe failures that needed repairs.
Volume 4 Issue 5
Government Doing Poor Job Of Educating About Infrastructure Deficit
We grumble about potholes and crumbling bridges, mutter about flooding after a big rain, and complain about poor bus service and the state of public housing. But few of us understand is the larger infrastructure picture. Infrastructure holds together the economic, cultural, environmental and social structures that create more civilized communities.
Volume 4 Issue 6
Water Smells Like Diesel Fuel, Could This Be Happening Anywhere Else…
Eastern Kentucky has some of the highest levels of cancer in the country due to smoking and obesity, but residents also wonder whether their water is to blame. Contaminants that were a reaction between the chlorine used to treat the water and organic matter in the water or the pipes exceeded federal limits until changes were made in recent months.
Volume 4 Issue 7
Our Water Supply Is Being Affected
America’s water faces pollution problems, outdated infrastructure, rising costs, and unprecedented droughts and rainfall patterns as the climate changes. But there are solutions. U.S. has long been a leader in water management; now we’re falling behind. Here are some solutions that could help us get back on track:
Volume 4 Issue 8
Water Main Breaks Up 27% From 2012
The three most commonly cited breaks were circular cracks, 56%; corrosion, 28%; and longitudinal cracks, 8%. A 2018 Utah State University (USU) study conducted as a follow-up to a 2012 survey found a direct correlation between soil corrosiveness and the higher break rate of metallic pipes.
Volume 4 Issue 9
Federal Infrastructure Funding
Wharton finance professor Robert Inman joined the Knowledge@Wharton radio show to discuss what it would take to finance infrastructure improvements.
Volume 4 Issue 10
Water Infrastructure Act Signed Into Law
The most significant drinking water law enacted in nearly two decades authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to construct, expedite, modify or study more than 100 water resource projects. These projects will create jobs, spur economic growth, and keep our waterways open so American products can reach global markets.
Volume 4 Issue 11
Don’t Drink The Water!
In October 2000, a giant coal sludge spill dumped more than 300 million gallons of toxic waste into the Martin County, KY, river system, the county’s main source of drinking water. Thick black sludge ran downstream for dozens of miles, spilling over onto lawns and roads.
Volume 4 Issue 12
Big Water Battle Ahead
On Dec. 12, 2018, the Trump administration unveiled a proposal to redefine the Waters of the U.S. Rule, also known as the Clean Water Rule, which was adopted in 2015 by the Obama administration to set clear guidelines on how waterways and wetlands are regulated under the 1972 Clean Water Act.
Volume 4 Issue 13
Energy Efficiency Part Of Water Solution
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published a document detailing ways water suppliers can save energy. Following the best energy management practices, the report says, water systems could cut the cost of replacing aging infrastructure, or building new.
Volume 4 Issue 14
EPA Issues New Guidance For Water Infrastructure Fund Applicants
Last year, the DWSRF disbursed $2.5 billion for drinking water infrastructure improvements. New funding guidelines are part of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018.
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