February 2020 Vol. 75 No. 2



23rd Annual Municipal Sewer/Water Infrastructure Forecast

It’s a presidential election year, and usually that spells trouble for public works funding programs. However, for the sewer, water and stormwater markets, that doesn’t seem to be the case in 2020. Cities expect spending to be stable, or even grow.

Washington Regulatory Outlook: Changes Could Benefit Industry in 2020

Two key Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) regulations could have a big impact on water and gas pipeline construction if they are completed this year.

PCCA Celebrates 75th Year of Connecting Americans

The Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) is preparing to celebrate its 75th year

DCA President Mike Hickey Sees Bright Future for Contractors Who Embrace Change

Underground Construction talked with Hickey before the DCA annual convention, Feb. 24–29 in Boca Raton, Fla., about the opportunities and challenges facing distribution contractors and the approaches they can take to capitalize on these positive trends.

Rehab Technology

New Record for Gas Main Relining

With rehabilitation of a 620-foot-long segment of 42-inch-diameter gas main last summer, New Jersey contractor Progressive Pipeline Management (PPM) broke its own world record for the largest size natural gas pipe to be rehabilitated with Starline cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) liner.

Editor's Log

Municipal Funding, Reality and Candidates

This issue of Underground Construction contains our exclusive Sewer & Water Municipal Survey and Forecast. Information for the annual article came from our own survey and research combined with data from industry consulting expert FMI and our Washington D.C. correspondent Stephen Barlas.


Newsline: Latest Industry News

FCC Considers $20.4 Billion Fiber Optic Rollout Package  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was preparing in January to vote on a $20.4 billion package that would help accelerate the build-out of fiber optic, high-speed broadband to rural America.  ..

Washington Watch

FERC Boosts Natural Gas in Lieu of Alternative Fuels

An order issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in December against state subsidies for nuclear and renewable energy – called “out-of-market subsidies” – apparently gives a big boost to electric utilities using natural gas and the pipelines that feed them.



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