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Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Handling pipe on construction jobs is a labor intensive, time-consuming and potentially-dangerous task, but one that is necessary on every water, sanitary sewer and energy pipeline project, as well as many utility projects where cable is placed in duct or conduit.

The Clean Watersheds Needs Survey (CWNS) 2008 Report to Congress summarizes the results of EPA's 15th national survey of capital costs to address water quality or water quality related public health problems. The U.S. EPA’s Off ice of Wastewater Management conducts the survey every four years, as required by the lean Water Act.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Crossbores continue to spark concern and controversy among utility providers and contractors engaged in underground utility construction. While no immediate solution to safety issues related to crossbores is in sight, clearly progress is being made.

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), an organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, has partnered with The Home Depot to educate customers on the importance of calling prior to digging.

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.

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