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There is a current world report making its rounds stating that the planet is facing a mounting and “invisible” water pollution crisis. The report claims the issue is responsible for a one-third reduction in potential economic growth in the most heavily affected areas. The study, which assembled the world’s largest database of water pollution, assesses how a combination of bacteria, sewage, chemicals, and plastics suck oxygen from water supplies and transform water into poison for people and ecosystems. Because of the huge number of different pollutants in our...

There are typically four steps to a successful CIPP project: inspect line, clean the line, assess then repair. Updated and new technology – crawler robots – are used to inspect these infrastructures, both before and after the project is complete. These underground cameras are necessary because municipalities, homeowners, business owners or private utilities need to know what is going on before using the CIPP method to repair. Throughout the last decade, the industry has seen a rise in the array of camera technologies: full-color, panoramic systems, LED lighting,...

Hidden underground, the pipe that connects your toilets to the public sewer lines is very easy to ignore — until there’s an issue with it. Fortunately, it’s often possible to spot and repair sewer problems before they lead to costly excavation and pipe replacement. As a homeowner, it’s a responsibility to pay attention to your sewer line. It can save time and money. There are five steps all homeowners should do to check on the sewer lines: inspect before you buy, check the sewer line regularly, beware...

Hurricane season is well underway for East Coasters. With the season not ending until November, the EPA is calling on the public to prepare now for natural disasters to aid recovery efforts. One point always challenging during a natural disaster is debris and household hazardous waste management, which ultimately has a great impact on public safety. Based on the responses to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Florence, EPA responders were in the field during the aftermath and managed a tremendous amount of waste as part of the...

You better think twice about what you flush away? It could save you money, and the environment. A recent study conducted by Ryerson University recently released a new report on a test of single-use wipes against rigorous criteria for flushability. The report comes out of Ryerson’s Flushability Lab at Ryerson Urban Water, and includes the testing of 23 single-use products that were labeled as “flushable” by the manufacturer. Results showed that not one single wipe was able to fall apart or disperse safely through the sewer system...

Funding to disaster areas will now be quicker thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding recently announced by the EPA and FEMA. The process will now be streamlined for easier and quicker distribution. The EPA said this Memorandum will give disaster-stricken communities faster access to federal funds that will aid in their rebuilding process by helping to restore crucial infrastructure and water services. Some of the highlights of the Memorandum of Understanding include: Encourages a tribe or local government to access a no-interest or low-interest loan from its state...

Throughout the nation, there has been much talk for a call to action on the infrastructure woes hitting America. A so-called “infrastructure bill” could stimulate the economy, provide Americans jobs and start repairing the roads, bridges and aging water systems. But, there was some movement in the form of a bill when President Trump signed into law the drinking water infrastructure bill. That movement is not enough. Last year’s bill, America’s Water Infrastructure Act, or AWIA, was the latest iteration of biennial water policy legislation known as...

A J.D. Power 2019 Water Utility Residential Study addressed water quality issues and provided insight into customer satisfaction drivers. There’s been a trend in sequential surveys with customer reports of water quality issues being down. However, water utilities nationwide are looking at a period of massive infrastructure investment and construction. According to J.D. Power, the ability of water utilities to manage the infrastructure investment process will be determined by how well they communicate with customers while minimizing service interruptions and quality issues. Key findings in the study include: declining...

America’s infrastructure is falling apart. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives the nation's infrastructure a D+ grade. That includes the roads and bridges we drive on every day, the airports we use for business and vacation travel, and the schools where we send our children to learn. The only way to actually fix these issues and solve the infrastructure woes is funding. We need money. The American Society of Civil Engineers say $4.6 trillion is needed for improvements over the next 10 years. But Congress...

There’s a new bill introduced that could provide relief for many communities throughout the nation dealing with sewer and stormwater management issues. The legislation – Stop Sewage Overflow Act – expands the EPA’s Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant program, which is used to provide federal grants to states and municipalities for the planning, design and construction for combined sewer overflow, sanitary sewer overflows and stormwater management. Combined sewer overflows are a combination of stormwater and sanitary sewer systems. These systems are common in the Northeast and Midwest. If rainfall...

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