Blowing snow, snow banks, limited daylight - all these winter issues makes it harder for people to see your hydrants. Whether it's emergency responders, city maintenance or the general public, hydrants are often in the path of damage when roads are slippery or deep with snow. This means your crews will need to be out in the cold making repairs at a time when the temperatures and conditions can lead to crew accidents. Since you can't avoid the winter, how do you avoid the related problems that occur?
Does your water utility react to hydrant issues or are you proactive in creating a hydrant inspection and maintenance program? If you don't have a system in place already, you're not alone. Unfortunately, water utilities who fall behind in inspecting and maintaining hydrants often find out about the problem when a fire breaks out, costing homes and sometimes lives. Instead of having to play catch-up to poorly maintained hydrants, here's a quick look at how to inspect and maintain your water utility's hydrants.
Imagine your crew is looking for a break in a water line or a water meter in a busy downtown area. They could spend significant amounts of time trying to locate these locations, trying to figure out where those areas should be. But what if your crew could simply look up the exact location, go directly to it and get to work immediately? That's the convenience and productivity that Trimble GIS options can bring to your water utility. Here are some more details to help get you started.
GPS, GNSS, GIS: there are a whole range of acronyms used today to summarize satellite-based positioning systems. However, these systems are only as good as their accuracy and ease of use. Fortunately, as this technology has been developing over the past few decades, it's become more accurate and less expensive than in the past. But how important is accuracy? Should you invest in new equipment or stay with what you have? Here's a quick overview of how these systems work and why it's a great time to explore new aspects of this technology.
When you're installing a new water meter, take particular care to ensure the job is done correctly from the start. Careless mistakes made during the installation can damage the new water meter and supply line connections, as well as potentially cause significant property damage if leaking and left unattended. How do you get through the process properly without having to worry about potential issues that may arise? Here are some general guidelines to follow with most water meter installations.
Disasters happen every day. Whether big or small, they impact communities across the country and around the world. How will your water utility react when dealing with a hurricane, flooding, earthquake or fire? When disasters strike, it's easy to respond by reacting instead of being proactive. Here's a quick look at how disasters can impact your water utility and community and how you can set up a plan to respond to them.
When road construction changes a road’s grade level, access to manholes and catch basins can become problematic or a source of complaints due to potholes and uneven pavement. But how can you get back up to grade? One option that helps solve the problem is using riser rings. Here's a quick overview to get started:
At EJ Prescott, our customers have developed a strong respect for the high-quality products and materials we've brought to their attention over the years. But one aspect of our company that many customers may not be aware of is our sister companies. In particular, one of the areas where Team EJP has continued to work to provide the best possible experience for our water utility clients is in tool development. Towards that end, our sister company, New Concept Tools, was developed to provide the best options for our clients.
Team EJP has worked hard to provide our customers with the best quality water utility fittings, fixtures and supplies. But what you may not realize is that our sister company, RedHed Brass Manufacturing, has been gaining ground recently, especially following the Flint lead crisis. Why? RedHed produces 100% lead-free brass fittings, exceeding current lead-free regulations. This has made them very popular in the water utility industry recently. Here's more about our sister company and how it can benefit your water utility.