Looking At the Future of Infrastructure

As Congress and the president eye a bipartisan effort at improving our aging infrastructure, the time for a wide-reaching infrastructure program to rebuild water, electric, transportation and information infrastructure, is now. The need for locally-based planning and financial partnerships, not only to repair and maintain our infrastructure, but to make significant improvements through innovation, is […]

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Aging Infrastructure Leads to Lost Money and Public Health Concerns

It is no secret that our country’s aging infrastructure is worsening, and that there is no one guiding agency or overall plan to address myriad issues from crumbling water pipes to inflow and infiltration overloading storm and wastewater sewers. Lead and Asbestos Even as headlines warn of public health crises such as lead in Flint, […]

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Rebuilding Sewage and Water Infrastructure Is Urgently Needed Publicly and Privately

That our national sewage and water infrastructure is in dire shape is no surprise to anyone – nearly ten years ago, the New York Times wrote an article warning of the then 240,000 estimated water main breaks occurring each year, marveling that, in some parts of the country, portions of water systems were made of ancient, […]

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The Fallout From Service Line Failures

Water damage to a home, whether from a sewer backup or an interior plumbing problem, is not something to take lightly – and, in some cases, homeowners insurance won’t cover not only the plumbing, but the water damage to the home, unless the homeowner has purchased specific coverage, according to the Insurance Information Institute. In […]

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Three Environmental Factors That Cause Service Lines To Fail

Are your residents aware of their responsibility to maintain their water and sewer service lines? In the State of the Home Winter 2018 survey, 13 percent of respondents thought service lines are the responsibility of the municipality or utility, and 18 percent didn’t know who was responsible. Additionally, 11 percent thought their homeowners’ insurance would […]

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America’s Water Infrastructure Crisis: The Six Pillar Solution

Earlier this year, we introduced the idea of Six Pillars that must be addressed to reverse the dire state of America’s water infrastructure. The solution lies in leadership and a plan that addresses these many challenges comprehensively. Pillar #1 is Education. Before this crisis can be solved, its dimensions and consequences must be known. Continuous […]

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Green Infrastructure: Three Key Concepts

As municipal officials look to improve infrastructure, rehabilitate distressed neighborhoods and make communities more livable, many are turning to green infrastructure, which uses existing infrastructure, such as parks, to contain and filter water and direct it away from storm sewers. Green infrastructure improves water quality, reduces flood risk and manages storm water. It also provides […]

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What Will it Take to Rebuild the Modern US Water Infrastructure?

Infrastructure proponents were disappointed by the lack of details addressing the aging US water infrastructure in President Trump’s Feb. 5 State of the Union address. Trump issued a call for bipartisan cooperation on the issue, but no details. “Both parties should be able to unite for a great rebuilding of America’s crumbling infrastructure,” Trump said. […]

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Low Water Pressure Problems: Don’t Let It Get Your Residents Down

Sometimes more pressure is a good thing! When it comes to your customers’ showers, sinks, and bathtubs, low water pressure can be a real downer. Your residents turn on the shower and get a weak drizzle or can’t run the sink and washer at the same time without the water slowing to a sluggish trickle […]

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From Rome To New Jersey: A History Of Water And Public Health

The relationship between public health, clean water and sanitation has been explored since ancient times – the Greeks observed a connection between lifestyle, social class and health, but there were no public water supplies or sewers. It is speculated many ancient Grecian cities were established so far from bodies of water to protect the population […]

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