Ohio EPA Schedules Construction Storm Water General Permit Renewal Hearing

The Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on March 28, 2018, to accept public comments about renewing the general permit for storm water discharges from construction sites in Ohio. The public hearing will take place in Conference Room A at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Co..

Fiber Optic Sensing Association Releases Installation Considerations for Pipelines

The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the world’s premier trade association for distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS), today released FOSA Installation Considerations for Pipelines, which contains guidance on the selection and positioning of fiber optic cables to maximize the benefits of DFOS..

Protest over Infrastructure Turns Violent in Panama's Colon

COLON, Panama (AP) — A protest over infrastructure and insecurity turned into violent clashes with police Tuesday in Panama’s second biggest city, which is home to a strategic port at the northern end of the Panama Canal. Preliminary reports from national police said four officers and one protester..

Trial Demonstrates Control of Fiber Capacity with Real-Time Optical Awareness

Telia Carrier and Coriant today announced the successful completion of a live field trial of cutting-edge technology optimized for real-time optical performance awareness and dynamic provisioning of fiber optic capacity. The industry-first trial, conducted last month on a live fiber route in Telia C..

Adolite Unveils Solutions Designed to Speed Data Providers’ Growth

Adolite Inc. today demonstrated new technology to help providers keep up with accelerating data the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) 2018, taking place March 13-15, 2018 in San Diego, California. With the company’s major breakthroughs in materials science and pr..

Finisar Introduces First 400G QSFP-DD Active Optical Cable

Finisar today announced it will unveil the first 400G active optical cable (AOC) in the QSFP-DD form factor at the Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC) 2018, taking place March 13-15 in San Diego, California. Leveraging VCSEL technology to achieve the lowest power diss..

Seven California Colleges Receive Grants to Research Conservation Technologies, Programs Through World Water Forum

As part of the 2018 Southern California World Water Forum, Seven California colleges and universities have been selected to receive grants to fund proposals to develop new water conservation and supply technologies in support of a more sustainable water future. From a project that contemplates usin..

OFS Introduces TeraWave SCUBA 125 Optical Fiber

OFS today introduced the TeraWave SCUBA 125 Optical Fiber, optimally designed to deliver excellent performance for coherent transport submarine systems.  The effective area is matched to terrestrial G.654.E fibers for excellent performance from the ocean landing site to terrestrial networks, and..

Sewer, Water Projects in Southwestern Alabama to Receive Funding

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A $315 million from the RESTORE Act and the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council will help fund projects in southwestern areas of the state. Fifty projects will be given funding for infrastructure, environmental restoration and economic development, reported. The biggest i..

Vermont Town Discovers Leak Spewing Raw Sewage into Nearby River

BRANDON, Vt. (AP) — Officials in a Vermont town say a broken sewer pipe has spewed over 1 million gallons of raw sewage into the Neshobe River, which flows into Lake Champlain. Brandon town officials say they don’t know when the pipe broke or how long it was leaking sewage. WPTZ-TV reports the town..

Plans for Arkansas Trail Swerve With Utilities Project

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — By the year 2024, an extension of the Old Railroad Trail will be the first city trail in Fort Smith to carve a path through the middle of town and serve as much as an alternative transportation route as a recreation trail. The nearly 3-mile paved trail will connect Cre..

Five Cabinet Chiefs to Testify Before U.S. Senate on Infrastructure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration will send five cabinet secretaries to a U.S. Senate hearing next week to tout its plan to spur $1.5 trillion infrastructure improvements using $200 billion in new federal funding. The heads of the Transportation, Commerce, Labor, Agriculture and Labor..

Corning Develops High-Fiber-Count Rapid Installation Ribbon Cable

Corning Incorporated today announced its latest optical fiber cable innovation – RocketRibbon(TM) extreme-density cable. RocketRibbon is a next-generation ribbon cable, which enables up to 30 percent faster installation than other high density ribbon cables designed for data center and carrier envir..

$22 Million Sewer and Water Project in New York City Ahead of Schedule

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection today announced a $21.8 million sewer and water infrastructure project in Southeast Queens is on track to be completed three months ahead of schedule. As part of the project, 4,100 feet of new storm sewers, some as large as nine-feet wide and..

Democrats Would Reverse Some Tax Cuts to Fund Infrastructure

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Senate Democrats, voting against the Republican tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed into law wasn’t opposition enough. Now they have a plan to reverse some of the tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest Americans and put the money instead toward a $1 trillion inf..

Company Using AI to Assess Conditions of Water Mains to Participate in Imagine H2O's 2018 Accelerator

Fracta Inc., a company tapplying Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Machine Learning to drinking water utility infrastructure, has been selected as a participant in Imagine H2O’s 2018 Accelerator. Fracta is one of 13 water startups selected to the exclusive 2018 program. Fracta offers a Saa..

Advanced Drainage Systems Launches “ADS Installation Guides” Mobile App

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS), a global manufacturer of water management products and solutions, today launched the “ADS Installation Guides” mobile application, offering everyday installation instructions for its thermoplastic pipe products. The app is a resource to provide guidance on the ..

Great Lakes Advocates to Ask Congress for Water Protections

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – A coalition of Great Lakes advocates is urging Congress to provide funds for cleaning up the region’s waters and strengthening its water infrastructure. Groups representing businesses, industry, environmentalists, cities, states and tribes will make their annual lobbying..

UC Irvine Launches New Program for Water, Wastewater and Utility Professionals

With water and energy more intertwined than ever before, the University of California, Irvine, Division of Continuing Education today announced the introduction of a four-course program in understanding the complex interactions between water and energy. Geared toward both emerging and veteran profe..

DigIndy Tunnel Keeps 55M Gallons of Sewage out of Waterways

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In year’s past, the heavy rainfall that pummeled Indianapolis recently would have swamped the city’s sewer system and created a sticky, foul, disgusting situation. Not this year. In the first real test of the city’s newly opened DigIndy tunnel, Citizens Energy estimates the sys..

Oysters Recalled After South Carolina Sewer Spill

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Health officials in South Carolina have ordered a recall of oysters harvested where a sewage spill occurred last month. Media outlets reported the Department of Health and Environmental Control estimates about 2.4 million gallons (9 million liters) of raw sewage flowed into ..

Sterling Construction to Replace Sewer, Water Infrastructure as Part of DFW Freeway Project

Sterling Construction Company, Inc. today announced that its subsidiary, Texas Sterling Construction Co. (TSC), has been awarded a contract by the City of Coppell to replace all existing water and wastewater infrastructure associated with the reconstruction of the Freeport Parkway. Work is schedule..

Maine City to Receive Nearly $9M for Sewer Upgrades

BATH, Maine (AP) — A Maine city is slated to receive nearly $9 million in federal money for sorely needed upgrades to its sewer system. The city of Bath is getting a $2.3 million grant and a $6.5 million low interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The city’s sewer department serves m..

What About Infrastructure?

In 2017, Washington politics continued as usual – if anything, even more bitterly partisan than ever before. Congress remains deeply divided down political lines and even among the parties themselves, crippling concerted efforts to accomplish the multitude of high-profile issues demanding immediate ..

Public Hearings Concerning Wastewater Discharge Permit Scheduled in Iowa

Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced they will hold three public hearings in March concerning a new general permit that addresses wastewater discharges to Iowa soils and streams. At the meetings, the latest information about the new proposed requirement, a National Pollutant..

Plumber Gets Probation in Trench Collapse that Killed Worker

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania plumber who pleaded guilty to violating federal workplace regulations before a trench collapse that killed a man has been placed on probation for two years. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that 67-year-old Wayne George, of Hookstown, apologized in court Wednesda..

Pro Pipe Partners with Perma-Liner Industries to Expand Lateral Lining Services

Professional Pipe Services, Inc. (Pro Pipe) today announced a partnership with Perma-Liner Industries (Perma-Liner) to provide main/lateral connection lining services nationwide. As municipalities seek to reduce the impact of inflow and infiltration (I&I) on the broader wastewater collection system..

$42 Million Sewer Upgrade Completed to Keep Trash and Debris out of New York City Creek

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Vincent Sapienza today announced the completion of a $42 million project to build four subsurface litter capture devices that will improve the health and aesthetics of Newtown Creek. The in-sewer control devices include fixed ba..

Low-Flying Helicopter to Map Water Resources in Mississippi

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A helicopter will be flying over parts of the Mississippi Delta to gather information for a 3-D map showing water resources. The U.S. Geological Survey says from late February through early March, a low-flying copter will travel in a grid pattern over rural areas north and w..

$50M Massachusetts Sewer Project to Benefit Connecticut River

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has qualified for a $50 million low-interest loan that could help the Connecticut River run cleaner. The money, in the form of loans at 2 percent interest, will be used to upgrade sewer facilities and dramatically reduce occasiona..