More than $13 Million Awarded for Texas Water, Sewer Projects

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved more than $13 million in financial assistance from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for the following pipeline construction projects: $5.46 million to the city of Arlington. The city will use t..

$75 Million Approved to Replace Septic Systems Across New York

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a comprehensive $75 million program to improve water quality through the targeted replacement of aging septic systems in communities across New York. Through a collaboration between the State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health..

Trimble, Aquarius Spectrum Announce Water Leak Detection Technology Distribution Agreement

Trimble today announced an exclusive relationship with Aquarius Spectrum Ltd. to distribute a branded version of Aquarius Spectrum’s wireless leak detection and monitoring solutions for water utilities throughout the U.S. The collaboration will extend Trimble’s portfolio of smart water management se..

Wastewater Mixed with Rainwater Overflows in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore City Department of Public Works estimates that approximately 5.7 million gallons of wastewater mixed with rainwater overflowed into the Jones Falls. A department news release says the gallons of wastewater mixed with rainwater overflowed into the Jones Falls on Sunday..

West Virginia Sewer Project Paused Until EPA Releases Contamination Report

MINDEN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has paused the construction of a sewer line in the Minden area until a contamination report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is released. A statement said Justice made the decision after a meeting Monday between representatives of his a..

NV5 Global Awarded Stormwater Assessment Contract in New Jersey

NV5 Global, Inc. today announced that it has been awarded a contract with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to provide identification, assessment and analysis of all NJDOT stormwater basins and roadway drainage outfalls within Region North, an area encompassing eight of New Jersey’..

Red Hen Systems Creates Pipeline Leak Detection System

Red Hen Systems, a Colorado geospatial company with 21 years of experience locating infrastructure using video mapping technology, today announced it has developed Pipeline Leak Detection Services (PLDS). PLDS utilizes a multi-sensor detection system to locate, and quantify in real-time fugitive met..

West Blue River Interceptor Project Wins ACEC Award

Burns & McDonnell and Leath & Sons’ West Blue River Interceptor Sewer Project, a 72-inch aerial sewer crossing Brush Creek, recently received an Honor Award from the Missouri chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies. The chapter presented its 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards during..

Trump Infrastructure Plan Relies on State, Local Funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday launched what he calls a “big week” for his infrastructure plan, which envisions $1.5 trillion in spending over a decade to rebuild roads and highways. The plan would fulfill a key campaign goal but rely heavily on state and local government budgets..

Mississippi City to Extend Water and Sewer to Area Annexed 10 Years Ago

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A southwest Mississippi city is finally getting around to extending services to some neighborhoods that it annexed a decade ago. The Daily Leader reports that Brookhaven aldermen are agreeing to borrow $8.5 million from two state loan funds to extend water and sewer lines t..

CETCO CETCO introduced HERCULA-EZ, a cutting-edge additive used in conjunction with its bentonite-based drilling muds for horizontal directional drilling (HDD). With proper formulation, the system will produce a unique drilling fluid with excellent shear-thinning characteristics. At low shear ..

New Hampshire Town to Get Nearly $1.2M for Water, Sewer Repairs

COLEBROOK, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Executive Council has voted to send nearly $1.2 million in funding to the town of Colebrook for water and sewer improvements. The money comes from the state Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund. Senate President Chuck Morse said the community is in cri..

OSHA Fines Company After 2 Employees Die at Sewer Station

PETAL, Miss. (AP) – A federal workplace safety agency has fined a Mississippi business nearly $28,000 after two men died while working on a sewer lift station. The Hattiesburg American reports that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration initially proposed fines of $43,000 against Sc..

Calix’s Fiber-to-the Home Solutions to Help Improve Internet Capabilities in Eastern Iowa

Calix, Inc. today announced ImOn Communications, an Internet, cable TV, and phone services provider in eastern Iowa, will leverage end-to-end fiber solutions from Calix to offer unrivaled gigabit business and residential services in its new service areas. “The cable industry is actively transitioni..

Plan Would Send More Tax Money to Mississippi Cities for Roads, Water

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Cities would receive a slightly larger share of Mississippi sales tax collections under a plan that lawmakers are debating. Senators voted 42-9 Wednesday to pass Senate Bill 2455 . It would require cities to spend the extra money on infrastructure projects such as roads,..

Ick-factor: London Fatberg Goes from Sewer to Museum

LONDON (AP) — London’s newest museum attraction is greasy, smelly — and a glimpse at the hidden underside of urban life. The Museum of London on Thursday unveiled its latest display, a chunk of a 130-metric-ton (143-U.S.-ton) fatberg that but was blasted out of a city sewer last year. It took sewa..

Storm-Hardened Communication Network from Sensus Helps Water Utilities Weather Winter Blast

Sensus, a Xylem brand, today announced its Sensus FlexNet® Communication Network helped water utilities across South Carolina minimize operational issues during a bitter, two-week cold snap at the beginning of January. “An unprecedented number of customers suffered from frozen water lines,” said Ch..

CommScope and Fluke Networks Join Forces to Ensure Optimum Fiber Optic Performance

CommScope today announced its exclusive SYSTIMAX® link loss calculator will now be incorporated in Fluke Networks’ CertiFiber®Pro Optical Loss Test Set, which is part of the company’s Versiv™ Cabling Certification System,  and LinkWare™ Live cloud service. The SYSTIMAX calculator is a tool that acc..

Even Pipelines Are Happy When PICA Is On The Job

Pipeline Inspection and Condition Analysis (PICA) Corporation is currently performing an inspection of 4 miles of 66-inch cement and steel cylinder lined PCCP pipe in southern California. To test the resolution of PICA’s brand new In-Line Inspection Tool, the customer embedded some small button magn..

Vortex Companies

The Vortex Companies, a leading trenchless rehabilitation industry solutions provider, has acquired VacVision Environmental, a trenchless infrastructure and service contractor. Located in South Carolina and Florida, VacVision will significantly bolster Vortex’s  brand and strength in the Southeast. ..

Will President’s Plan Fix New Orleans’ Old Water, Sewer Systems?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When a heavy rain hits New Orleans, residents move their cars to higher ground for fear of fast-rising street flooding. Knee-deep potholes can eat a car’s fender. When pressure drops in the city’s aging water delivery system, restaurants and cafes have to boil water to feed custom..

Utility & Communications Construction Outlook

By Daniel Shumate Director, FMI Capital Advisors Inc. The utility transmission and distribution, and communication distribution industries remain in a multiyear investment cycle driven by the need to repair, replace and upgrade the transmission and distribution infrastructure across the United Stat..

Xylem Acquires Pure Technologies

Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Pure Technologies Ltd. for CAD$9.00 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value of USD$397 million. Pure Technologies provides unique diagnostic..

TWDB Approves $22.97 Million For Water, Wastewater Systems

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $22,970,000 for water and wastewater system projects. Of this funding, $4.6 million was approved for rural projects. $2 million to the City of Gorman (Eastland County) to replace approximately 25,000 linear feet o..

“Hidden Damage” Poses Biggest Challenge To Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Carol Ellinger Haddock, P.E., Acting Director of Public Works & Engineering, City of Houston, discussed the department’s response to Hurricane Harvey and its impact at the Dec. 6 luncheon meeting of the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) Gulf Coast Chapter. With staff of about 3..

Survey: Minnesota Cities Need $5B to Fix Old Sewers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A state survey says Minnesota communities will need almost $5 billion to fix aging sewer systems in the next 20 years. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency surveys communities every two years about wastewater infrastructure repair needs. The ..

46 Tons of Mardi Gras Beads Pulled from New Orleans Storm Drains

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Let the good times roll — just not into New Orleans’ storm drains. That’s the plea from city officials. Local news outlets report cleaning crews have sucked out more than 46 tons (42,000 kilograms) of Mardi Gras beads from catch basins on along a five-block stretch of St. Charle..

Utilities Work to Repair Sewer, Water Pipes in California Town Rocked by Mudslides

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Emotional residents are trickling back to the California coastal town that was devastated two weeks ago by mudslides that killed at least 21 people and destroyed more than a hundred homes. Santa Barbara County officials finally lifted evacuation orders this week for about 1..

Sewer Spill Shuts Beaches Along California's Central Coast

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 5 million gallons of sewage spilled into the ocean on California’s Central Coast after a filter at a water treatment plant got clogged and the computer system failed to sound an alarm, an official said Monday, forcing several popular beaches to close. The spill at the..

Ohio Regulators Award Nearly $3.5 Million for Sewer Project

In projects financed with loans worth approximately $3.5 million from the Ohio EPA, Perry County will install a sanitary sewer system in Moore’s Junction and study the feasibility of establishing a storm water utility in the village of Crooksville. The Moore’s Junction project involves constructing..