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The Jersey City, NJ, Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA) will spend more than $52 million on sewer repairs and upgrades and pay a civil penalty of $375,000 after repeated violations of the Clean Water Act, according to a settlement with the federal government.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

In the early 1990s when compact horizontal directional drill (HDD) models began to appear on utility job sites, project owners often expressed amazement when a drill operator brought the drill head to the surface at or near the projected target.

On July 14, the Johnson County, KS, Board of Commissioners authorized construction of an underground effluent pipe between the treatment plant to a discharge point on the river.

Kane County, IL, has been awarded more than $2.27 million in federal disaster aid for five infrastructure projects aimed at alleviating chronic flooding. The federal funding is part of the Illinois “IKE” Disaster Recovery Program established in the wake of Hurricane Ike in Sept. 2008.

Meritage Midstream Services LLC is planning to build a new rich gas gathering system in Webb County, TX. Escondido Resources II LLC will serve as the system’s anchor tenant and will have firm capacity on Meritage’s existing Eagle Ford Escondido Gathering System to move its Eagle Ford volumes.

RS Technik has entered a licensing agreement with Inland Pipe Rehabilitation (IPR) for its new RS BlueLine pipe rehabilitation system featuring specially formulated Dow epoxy resins for pressure pipe applications.

The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI) has added two new online software aids to assist in the design and installation of polyethylene (PE) pipe.

Challenging underground projects attract interest -- contractors who complete difficult jobs like to talk about them and manufacturers of equipment used are quick to tout the capabilities of their products.

Photo caption: Jon Sowl (left), instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, accepts donation of Case engine from Russ Wadzinski, general manager of Case Customer Center.

Doug Chick, a trenchless industry pioneer and a founder of Insituform Technologies passed away at age 87 on May 5.

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