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Archive for the ‘Drinking Water’ Category

Without clean water, soccer uniforms would never make it through the season

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Value of Water: Washing Machine

Most of us never think about how clean water gets to us or where our dirty water goes. Luckily we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water and carry our wastewater away.

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When Nature Calls, You Open Stalls

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Value of Water - When Nature Calls

Most of us never think about what happens to the water we flush. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes remove and clean wastewater so it can be returned to the environment or safely reused.

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Water is one of life’s great pleasures

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Value of Water - Poolside

Splashing in a pool, tossing a water balloon—water is one of life’s great pleasures. Most of us never think about how water gets to us or where it goes when it swirls down the drain. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water and remove wastewater.

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Water defends us from 400,000 house fires in the U.S. each year

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Value of Water - Firemen

IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER: OCTOBER 12, 2017 There are nearly 400,000 house fires in the U.S. each year, and water that flows from hydrants is our best defense. Most of us never think about how water gets to us. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water and […]

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Mornings Wouldn’t Be the Same Without Water

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER: OCTOBER 12TH, 2017 Mornings wouldn’t be the same without water. Most of us never think about how water gets to the tap or where it goes after it swirls down the drain. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water. But our water systems […]

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October 12, 2017–Nationwide Event: Imagine a Day Without Water

Monday, October 9th, 2017
Water Infrastructure - Image a Day without Water

The good news is that the American people are already widely supportive of increased investment in nation’s water infrastructure. Above any other pressing political issue, Americans name rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure as the issue they most want our elected officials to address. Americans view water infrastructure investment as an even greater priority than infrastructure generally, with 82 percent of voters saying that they view the issue as either important or very important. No other issue facing our public officials enjoys such a broad consensus.

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New Orleans: Lead Exposure and Infrastructure Reconstruction

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
New Orleans: Lead Exposure and Infrastructure Reconstruction

The OIG found that the City and the S&WB have not alerted residents to the risk of increased exposure to lead in water caused by the partial replacement or disturbance of LSLs. Nor have they complied with industry best practices by providing citizens with ways to reduce the risk of increased lead exposure…As a result, New Orleans residents living where infrastructure construction projects occur may be—or may have been—unknowingly exposed to elevated levels of lead in drinking water.

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New funding now available for water infrastructure projects

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
Mayor Kevin Faulconer at the Advanced Water Purification Facility. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Created three years ago and finally funded this year, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program may soon announce the first round of funding for water infrastructure projects. The agency has $1.5 billion in available funds and it is all designated for water projects.

The EPA announced that 12 of the 43 public entities submitting letters of interest for project funding from the WIFIA program have been approved. These applicants may now move through the program and apply for low-interest loans.

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ACEC Engineering Excellence 2017: 90-Inch Water Main Hot Tap & Line Plug in Des Plaines, IL

Monday, July 17th, 2017
GRAEF - TDW Services, Inc., 90-Inch Water Main Hot Tap & Line Plug

A colossal 90-inch water transmission main was completely relocated to accommodate the rebuilding of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, while incredibly maintaining water service to 500,000 residents. The project team designed, tested, and constructed a unique thrust restraining system to absorb the massive forces generated by the risky hot tap procedure—where two pipes are connected without emptying pipe contents. The system safely absorbed the high pressure force when water was diverted into the bypass section. It allowed a critical water supply to be preserved, the construction schedule to be reduced by a year, and renovation of the Tollway to proceed.

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Good Question: Why Are My Water Rates Going Up?

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Ever wonder why your water rates are going up, even though you’re using less? Good question! And one we’d love to answer.

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