October 2016 Vol. 71 No. 10



PMI Advocates Restoration Of Underground Water Infrastructure

In the first step of a committed advocacy effort for the safety and sustainability of America’s drinking water, Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) introduced an infographic promoting the restoration of the U.S. underground water infrastructure. “To help assure the safety and sustainability ..

PPP Model Addresses Water And Wastewater Industry Challenges

While municipalities still rely heavily on traditional funding mechanisms, receptiveness to new alternatives is growing, according to the 2016 Black & Veatch Strategic Directions: U.S. Water Industry report. One solution is public-private partnerships (PPPs). “The PPP model can restructure and prov..

Equipment Spotlight

WQA-approved Avanti Products

Three products of Avanti International are now certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) as tested and certified against NSF/ANSI Standard 61-Drinking Water System Components. Avanti’s products are used to stop leaks, stabilize soil and control groundwater in municipal, industrial and geotech..

Hobas Pipe Meets Rehab Challenge

When an old storm water sewer that crossed below a highway and popular shopping avenue in Québec partly collapsed and had to be replaced, the city government was presented with a challenge: renovating the pipeline while keeping traffic disruptions to a minimum. The solution was Hobas Pipe, the only..

Subsite 2550GR Ground Penetrating Radar System

The 2550GR Ground Penetrating Radar System features a new, user-friendly Windows-based interface that provides operators with a number of productivity enhancing benefits. Improved software features include easier integration of GPS data and wireless connectivity that enables users to download web-ba..


Pre-Chlorinated Pipe Bursting Gives Historical Community New Water

About a 30-minute drive northwest of bustling Detroit lies Bloomfield Village, a distinctively beautiful, nonpolitical entity within Bloomfield Township in Oakland County, MI. Although in size Bloomfield Village covers only about one square mile, its tree-lined streets, lanes and cul-de-sacs provide..

Composite Manhole Ring, Cover Offers Watertight Sewer Solution

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor A new composite manhole ring and cover described as a key component in achieving a watertight sanitary sewer collection system, has been introduced by BlueGreen Municipal Solutions. The new Sewper Cover manhole ring and cover is made entirely of composite materials t..


Akkerman Names Mexico, Central America Equipment Rep

Akkerman entered into a dealership contract with Underground Construction Supply (UCS) Mexico as sole Akkerman equipment representative in Mexico and Central America. Established in 2013 to support the booming underground construction market in the region, UCS Mexico has since diversified to addres..

CH2M Delivers Sustainable Solutions

A six-month pilot test conducted by CH2M under a tailored collaboration project between Tucson Water and the University of Arizona for the WateReuse Research Foundation, confirmed the viability of potable reuse as a renewable water source for the future. When considering potable reuse, water qualit..

Rafael Ortega Establishes Aurora Technical Services, LLC

Aurora Technical Services LLC is a Houston-based civil engineering consulting firm. Owned and operated by Rafael Ortega, P.E., the firm provides engineering expertise focused on water and wastewater pipelines. Specific areas include: planning plus preliminary engineering, detail design, specialty co..

New Products

Ditch Witch Introduces Three Turbocharged Utility Tractors

Three new, turbocharged utility tractors from Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, give operators the power to get jobs done more efficiently and with greater comfort. DitchWitch RT105 The RT105, RT125 and RT125 Quad feature innovative control consoles and operator stations. Easy-to-read ..

Felling Trailers X-Force Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck Model Line

Felling Trailers’ X-Force Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck model line now offers a “Super Low” deck height (SL) option. This X-Force SL Series provides an 18-inch usable level deck height with 6-inch ground clearance, making it ideal for carriers that specialize in extra-tall cargo/equipment transport..


Importance Of Compact Track Loaders Undercarriages

When was the last time you worked on a construction site and didn’t see a compact track loader? The popularity of compact track loaders has dramatically increased since its inception in the mid-’90s. In fact, today, these machines account for nearly 20 percent of all financed equipment in number of ..

Initiative Boosts Excavation Safety Program To Combine Certification, Performance Monitoring

by Jeff Griffin Senior Editor A new initiative to prevent damage to buried underground utility infrastructure is gaining acceptance and momentum, believes Rick Galyean, administrator of the Gold Shovel Standard program. Galyean describes the Gold Shovel Standard as a first-of-its-kind safety pr..

Promising Earthquake Resistant Steel Pipe For Water, Oil, Gas

Devastation caused by major earthquakes is well-known – dramatic video clips vividly document the destruction of collapsed buildings, caved-in highways, fallen bridges and debris scattered across the landscape. However, not all damage is visible. Violent shifts underground can rupture water, sewer..

Washington Watch

New Water Infrastructure Grant Programs At Issue In Congress Proposed Rule

The U.S, Senate recently passed bill S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, with a broad bi-partisan vote of 95 to 3. The House is still working on its own version of a WRDA bill. A key water infrastructure element in S. 2848 is a provision of $70 million so the new Water Infr..

Editor's Log

Smart Water - Making The Smart Choice

By Robert Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief Alas, age catches up with us all. But this benchmark I refer to is perhaps the greatest benefit of age – becoming grandparents. My wife and I attended not one, but two, Grandparents Day lunches recently with our 5 and 7-year old grandchildren. It was very enjoya..