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Demand for water and wastewater pipe in the U.S. is expected to rise 5.8 percent annually to $19.6 billion in 2014, exceeding 5.3 billion feet. Advances will reflect renewed activity in the residential building construction sector, the growing obsolescence of sewer and drainage systems and upgrades of municipal water systems. Copper pipe demand will rise at the fastest pace due to its close ties to the resurgent building construction segment.

Kobelco Construction Machinery America recently joined the crew of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” for a project in eastern Texas. The company provided a Kobelco SK210 excavator to demolish a home so that a new one could be constructed for a deserving family.

McElroy has introduced Hydraulic Clamping retrofit kits for the popular 500 line of fusion machines. The new introduction comes after a successful introduction of the same product for 412 and 618 fusion machines last year.

Oliver Klinger, Publisher

Roughly 280 delegates braved the weather and travel to attend the 56th annual meeting held at the Sheraton in St. John’s Newfoundland. There were representatives present from 16 regular and 46 associate member firms, plus the pipeline craft unions and various guests including several past presidents. At the end of 2009 the association had 34 regular members and 66 associates.

Pure Technologies Ltd. announced July 28 that it has agreed with the shareholders of The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company Ltd. (PPIC) to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of PPIC for up to $34.9 million in cash and common stock of Pure. Both companies' boards have approved the transaction, subject to certain conditions and to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. The transaction is expected to close by August 31, 2010.

SAWS rate-hike plan spurring opposition
Under a proposed new rate increase by San Antonio Water System (SAWS), businesses that use a lot of water to irrigate their properties could see their bills increase from 45 to 65 percent. The rate increase is slated for investment in much needed infrastructure.

More urban areas throughout the United States are facing growing pressures on their water infrastructure systems, necessitating both greater investments for overhaul and a change in development patterns that are more conducive to conservation, according to Infrastructure 2010: An Investment Imperative, a new publication released by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young.

Insituform wins contracts
Insituform Technologies has been awarded two contracts with a combined value of $6.5 million from the Hallsdale-Powell Utility District in Knoxville, TN. These contracts mark the first time Insituform will work with Hallsdale-Powell, which will fund the projects with a state revolving fund loan secured through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The ubiquitous, low fences around perimeters of construction sites are so common these days they don’t draw the attention they once did. Every construction site on which the earth must be excavated or otherwise disturbed has one or several such fences, but their function often is misunderstood.

Datta Shirodkar, Boyer Inc. and Michael Spero, P.E., Danby LLC

The Waterfront Mall Project under construction in Washington, DC, will contain retail stores, restaurants, offices and residential units. Through the middle of the site there is an existing 100-year-old, 90-inch diameter storm sewer about 800 feet long. In what should have been a relatively simple project to rehabilitate the pipe, with a few significant yet manageable challenges, circumstances quickly changed to create the “job from hell.”

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