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Marc Blais, vice president at Xylem Inc. Applied Water Systems-Americas, has been named to the Water Systems Council (WSC) board of directors.

G. Tracy Mehan, III, has joined the U.S. Water Alliance as Interim President.

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) broke ground on a new water supply reservoir near Lane City, TX, in December last year.

Prolonged and severe droughts and other factors have made water supplies increasingly scarce in California, Texas and many other regions of the United States, as well as elsewhere around the globe.

SAK Construction is nearing completion of a $2.9 million contract for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) to install 4,800 linear feet of 48-inch cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) in sanitary sewer lines that run under the 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, Virginia.

On the second day of the 2015 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition, five exhibitors received an unexpected but pleasant surprise.

Representatives of each company were notified that their exhibits had been named “ShowStoppers” in UCT’s new program to recognize exhibitors that feature exciting new products or have a particular striking and impressive display.

The 2015 winners were Diamond Drilling Industries, Geneva Polymer Products, ReachMaster, Tiger Industrial Rentals and TT Technologies.

R.S. Technical Services Inc. (RST), following the sudden loss of founder and chief executive officer Rod Sutliff last year, has regained its equilibrium and is now forging ahead under the new corporate vision of the founder’s son, Mike Sutliff.

Anyone who has followed her career path over the past 10 years would tell you that Megan Schueller has accomplished more in a single decade than many people realize over an entire lifetime.

The Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) concluded 2014 on a high note according to outgoing president, Mike Prior, whose term ends in April. He said the association had a “busy year” and that pipeline contractor members had begun laying “significant groundwork” for future projects.

Prior added that PLCAC members can anticipate a healthy forecast in the Canadian pipeline industry for 2015 and 2016.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In 2016, NASSCO will celebrate its 40th year of setting standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As we look forward, we also look back to those who have made significant contributions and have impacted the continued acceptance and use of trenchless technologies.

This installment in the series features Joan Stone. It is the sixth installment in a series of articles exploring the history of NASSCO through the eyes of industry leaders.

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