Far beneath the surface of Austin’s Lady Bird Lake ‒ a 416-acre water reservoir that provides recreational opportunities as well as flood control ‒ years of intense “dirty work” took place, largely unnoticed by local citizens, as crews labored to create a huge wastewater tunnel that ran as deep as 80 feet underground.
Ductile iron pipe has earned the SMaRT Sustainable Product Certification, an independent rating system for the sustainability of a product throughout its life cycle, the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA) announced recently. Ductile iron pipe is only the second product in the buried infrastructure industry to earn this certification.
A recently launched $1 billion initiative to upgrade sewer lines, water mains and water treatment plants across Illinois will create 9,700 construction jobs in the state, according to Gov. Pat Quinn’s office.
Don Santa, president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, recently released a statement on the National Transportation Safety Board’s decision to include pipelines on its 2013 Most Wanted List of transportation safety issues. Excerpts from that statement follow.
The most significant federal action this year affecting underground construction companies is likely to be the final rule from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on excavation damage. The rule will have two parts. One will define minimum excavation damage program standards for states.
Construction is set to begin on the $922 million Poseidon Carlsbad Desalination Project in San Diego County, CA, that will include an advanced-technology desalination plant and 10 miles of water pipeline.
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