Water Works

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Addressing the problems of the nation’s aging underground infrastructure is a priority for many cities and sanitary sewer and water districts across North America. Though slowed by the economy, there is still a host of massive rehabilitation and construction projects under way or in planning stages with many more such efforts to come.

The EPA has awarded $485,000 to the city of Topeka, KS, for improvements to its drinking water and sewer systems. The project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2012.

NASSCO member Stephen Tilson, Collection Systems Operations Consultant, Tilson Associates

Of all sanitary sewer operations, blockage removal is perhaps the most demanding and highly visible. For the purpose of this discussion a blockage is defined as the “stopping or interruption of sanitary sewerage flow.”

WaterWorks News: The recent winter months brought about 150 water main breaks to the city of Jackson, MS. Some of the cities’ 100-year old pipes that are made of pit cast iron became brittle and were prone to breakage when the ground shifted due to the freezing temperatures, many of which are buried in clay.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

Trepidation: [n.] a feeling of alarm or dread.
As we approached 2009 with an economy in free fall and zero confidence in any kind of positive funding trend, public works officials approached the coming year with extreme trepidation.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) kicked off a landmark rehabilitation project Jan. 7, marking the first time WSSC has been awarded federal funding for a reconstruction project through the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) and UCT teamed up to host a regional WaterWorks Conference at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, on Oct. 26-27.

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