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With Old Man Winter setting solidly in for the season, your water utility is probably facing some serious problems. However, one of the most life-threatening issues that your utility can face is frozen hydrants. Instead of simply being an inconvenience for your customers, it can be a real problem that can threaten lives when a fire breaks out. But that doesn't mean that you can just hit your hydrants with anything to get them to thaw when they're frozen. Using the right techniques ensure that your hydrants can be thawed in a safe, damage-free manner. Here's how:
With water quality standards receiving a stronger level of focus and environmental regulation on the forefront, water runoff has become a hot topic for engineers, water utilities, industrial companies and municipalities around the country. But what if you're having to deal with potential issues involving zinc and dissolved metals in your roof runoff? What solution can you bring to bear that will reduce your levels to below action levels? If this is an issue that you're facing, the Zinc-B-Gone line of rooftop runoff filtration products may be a strong contender for a solution. Learn more about these issues and how these stormwater filtration products can provide great options for your needs.
When you need to get through your task list, having the right tools for the job can make a huge difference in your productivity. Poor-quality tools can make your work crews spend forever in the field, frustrated while trying to get the job done. Team EJP has partnered with Reed Pipe Tools & Vises to provide our customers with some of the highest-quality tools on the market, specifically developed for the water utility industry. Here's a quick look at some of our favorite tools from this exceptional manufacturer.
Written By: Pete Hanrahan, CPESC, Everett J. Prescott, Inc.
In 2016, Adam Lovell, Executive Director of Water Services of Australia, was quoted saying, “We lead the world in [water resource management] except having stormwater properly incorporated into the urban water cycle.”
When you're working on an erosion control project, flow transition zones in front of culvert and pipe outfalls can be a serious issue. Sometimes it's covered in water, sometimes it's bare, and it's one of the most susceptible areas to erosion. Though many projects will use a large amount of rock riprap to control erosion in these areas, it's not always the best bet. Fortunately, the experts at InstaTurf have developed a much better solution - the InstaTurf ShearForce12 High Flow Scour Control Transition Mat. Here's a look at this dynamic new material and how it can benefit your next erosion control project.
Dealing with potholes in your pavement can seem like a problematic task, but it can actually be accomplished very easily with Aquaphalt. An awesome, easy-to-use new product, it provides a new option for filling potholes that bypasses the need for hot asphalt repairs. But what is Aquaphalt, how does it work, and how will it perform over time? Here's a quick look at the product to help you get started in determining whether it's the right solution for your situation.
We all know replacing aging, failing culverts is a pain. You have to shut down traffic, which results in complaints. Any utilities and road surfaces above the culvert may be disrupted in the process and will need to be repaired again once you've replaced it. The old culvert needs to be dug out and carefully removed, often as it's falling to pieces in the process. Then you need to get the new culvert into place, bury it and repair any surface areas and utilities that may have been damaged in the process. What a pain! Fortunately, there's a much easier way to achieve the same ends: slip-lined culvert rehabilitation. Here's more about how the process works.
At Team EJP, we're dedicated to helping our clients find complete solutions for their water utility needs. If you're constantly dealing with repairing potholes or need to patch pavement issues around manholes, meters and other areas of concern, we've discovered a fabulous product that will help you break out of the repair, patch and repeat cycle that is so common with pavement. American Road Patch™ Peel and Seal Repair provides a unique material that delivers strong results - keep reading to learn more!
Pressure. When you're in the water utility industry, it can be your friend or your enemy - often both at the same time. A customer might complain that pressure is too low and another might complain that pressure is too high. How do you prove what the issue really is? How do you determine the actual fluctuations in your system over time? These issues can cause you to have to spend a lot of time trying to determine the problem, and if it's an intermittent issue, how do you determine what's really happening to cause it? With Trimble's Telog HPR-32iA pressure sensor system. Here are more details on this highly adaptable GIS tool from Trimble.
When you've got water issues on your lawn or issues with your basement leaking water, there could be any number of causes. The best solution will always be to improve drainage on your property. This allows excess water from up slope to drain away, preventing it from becoming a problem for your lawn or structure. One of the most popular options is a French drain, a simple structure built into your lawn to help move water away from your home or areas of concern. Here's how to install one.