January Newsline: EPA Cracks Down on Violations; Cat Invests in India; Stimulus Projects At Work

January 2010 Vol. 65 No. 1

The cost of the shovel-ready projects will total about $13.5 million. A $2.5 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and a low-interest $6.7 million loan through the State Revolving Fund Loan Program will help defray the cost. Cash on hand combined with a $2.18 monthly sewer rate increase to Schererville sewer customers and a 20 percent contribution from the St. John Utility Board S which is allotted 20 percent use of the plant S also will pay for the projects.

Schererville is one of the first communities in Indiana to receive its stimulus and SRF funding.

The upgrades and improvements include an anaerobic digester, aerobic digester, aeration tanks and head works, such as pumps. The town also will begin the second phase of the southeast side sewer interceptor project, which will reduce overflow problems in the southeast portion of the town’s sanitary system.

Pressure pipe developments
During the AMI conference, Plastic Pressure Pipes 2009, held in Cologne, Germany on Oct. 5-7, 2009, the figures for this HDPE pressure pipes were discussed as they relate to the global market. It was determined that HDPE pressure pipes will grow from 4010 kT in 2008 to 4992 kT in 2013, according to SABIC. HDPE pipes have advantages over traditional materials in burst and sliplining and are gaining market share. The major geographic regions using this type of pipe are Europe, Northeast Asia and North America. The main growth in Europe will be in PE100 materials in Central, Eastern, Russia and the CIS states.

Pressure pipes are used in critical applications like water and gas, and performance standards are constantly being improved. At the same time there are economic factors driving down costs. The plastics pipe industry and its suppliers are coordinating efforts to produce high quality, standardised, safe products.

To learn more about what types of plastic pipes are being used around the globe, contact Dr. Sally Humphreys, business development manager, Applied Market Information Ltd. at sh@amiplastics.com.

IBM to automate DC WASA system
IBM and the District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority (DC WASA) are working together to modernize the management of the aging water and sewer infrastructure hidden beneath the nation’s capital. The sprawling infrastructure includes hundreds of thousands of assets such as water distribution pipes, valves, public fire hydrants, collection pipes, manholes and water meters.

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