Mar 06, 2019

March 2019

Our offices and my home are less than an hour drive from the Henry Pratt Co. building in Aurora, Ill., so when news broke about an active shooter there, I initially was stunned. As a journalist who worked in newspapers prior to working in business-to-…
Over the past five years, there has been a focus on the water industry’s workforce. A large population of today’s water professionals will retire within the next five to 10 years, and the industry is not prepared for this. Skills that have been honed for…
Ask most metering manufacturers about smart water, and they will tell you they have been offering smart water technology for the past decade. Products have made the jump to wireless transmissions with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), and all the…
Thanks to better chips, sensors and networking, we are inundated with data on a daily basis. While the accumulation of data shows no sign of slowing, our capacity to act on this information is limited by how fast we can analyze it. Without guidance,…
On May 10, 2018, James Rogers wrote in a post on Facebook that a 12-ft-deep sewer hole in which he was working caved in 10 minutes after he got out of it.  “Never again ain’t worth it,” Rogers wrote.  The Ohio pipe installer ended up not following his…
Hurricanes are scary occurrences, but not surprising ones in the Carolinas. Statistically, it is expected that one hurricane will hit the Carolina shores every other year. Over the past two years, the state has met its quota. In Oct. 2016, Hurricane…
When “Doonesbury” satirized U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s views on climate change with the factoid of a “million-plus septic tanks at risk of failing,” few Floridians took notice. Now, septic galvanizes the state’s environmental discourse.  Until recently, the…
Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) generally has been a solution for long runs of straight, small-diameter gravity sewer lines. However, it increasingly has been used in medium- to large-diameter pipeline projects. Large-diameter projects tend to present more…
On a frigid December afternoon, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRD) Thornton Composite Reservoir in Thornton, Ill., defies the elements. From the reservoir’s scenic outlook, it feels like standing next to a deep,…
Mount Pleasant is a charming, historic town just across the Cooper River from Charleston, S.C. The Charleston harbor, rivers and creeks infuse a coastal spirit so distinctive that it lures people to visit and live in its wonder. The area boasts a variety…
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