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The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) has recently launched WATERiD, an on-line living knowledge base that permits utilities to easily share their experiences, information and lessons learned in managing the nation’s water infrastructure.

The outlook for the equipment rental industry shows increased optimism as first-quarter performance was better than expected, resulting in a more positive outlook for the full year, according to the latest data released by the American Rental Association (ARA).

Ditch Witch of Oklahoma recently teamed with Chesapeake Midstream Partners and Call Okie to create “We Dig Schools,” an educational program that teaches elementary students the importance of pipeline safety and calling 811 before digging to avoid utility service interruption and injury.

LoJack Corp. has released its 12th annual Construction Equipment Theft Study. According to the report, LoJack-equipped construction assets worth about $8.8 million were recovered in 2011. A total of 40 people were arrested by the police as a result of recoveries involving these assets.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors welcomes the release of EPA's Integrated Planning Framework for implementing the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Framework, (also known as IP3), is designed to promote greater flexibility for cities struggling to finance and maintain existing wastewater infrastructure and services and respond to new federal regulations that expand city responsibilities, such as costly control of stormwater and sewer overflows.

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) has established a board-level task force to address questions related to the anticipated future growth in natural gas-fired generation.

After 13 months of digging the New Irvington Tunnel in the state of California from four separate tunnel headings, miners from two of the headings have met up with each other underground.

The city of Manassas, VA, is helping to save on sewer treatment costs, so much so that in the past five years, they’ve decreased sewer flow by more than 123,000 gallons per year, saving the city of Manassas $775,000, as part of an aggressive inflow and infiltration (I/I) program.

Strongco Corp. held a grand opening celebration at its newest location in Acheson, Alberta, Canada, on June 20. The 37,150-square-foot facility is situated on 6.5 acres and is located in the Parkland Industrial Park in Acheson on the northwest side of Edmonton.

PECO will invest approximately $3.2 million this year to replace and perform preventative maintenance on about 19 miles of underground cable that delivers electricity to thousands of residential customers across the region.

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