October Newsline: New England Gets Storm Sewer Complaints; Texas Maps Broadband; Trench Violations Mean Penalties

October 2009 Vol. 64 No. 10

The new technology uses the Internet to continuously transmit data from permanent acoustic monitors that aid in proactive leak detection. New Jersey American Water technicians equipped with additional electronic devices, use computer software to processes the digital signals and analyze the sound, and time of travel of the sound generated by a leak to accurately calculate its location.

Acoustic leak detection technology can help save millions of gallons of water. In February, a system control room operator noticed that the average daily flow of water servicing a section of Bridgewater, NJ, had jumped from about 550,000 gallons per day to more than 840,000 gallons per day. Using the new acoustic leak detection technology, New Jersey technicians found seven water main breaks. Repairs were made and the average daily flow of water went back to normal.

Call for papers for Plastic Pipes 2010 Conference
The Plastic Pipes Conference Association is now accepting abstracts for its Plastic Pipes XV Conference that will be held on Sept. 20-22, 2010 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The deadline for abstract submission is Oct. 31, 2009.

The conference will feature more than 100 presentations during three days in the areas of sustainability, conservation, energy, water, plumbing, drainage, mining, industrial and irrigation. Plastic piping materials such as polyethylene (PE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), and others will be covered during the conference.

In addition to the technical sessions, Plastic Pipes XV will also feature exhibits showcasing the latest developments in plastic piping systems testing, design and manufacturing. PPXV will be held in conjunction with the American Gas Association’s Plastics Materials Committee meeting.

Additional information including a downloadable abstract submission form and sponsorship opportunities can be found at: www.PPXV.org. Or send your questions to: PPXV@everettreed.com.

STI/SPFA hosts Webinar training program on steel pipe design
The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA) is hosting a 90 minute Webinar training program on the design of steel pipe, Nov. 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. The program will be presented by independent consultant, Dennis Dechant, P.E. and industry expert, Dr. Reynolds Watkins, P.E., professor emeritus from Utah State University.

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