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Water Loss Audit Mandate: The Signing of Senate Bill 347 and What It Means for Water Utilities in Indiana

Posted by Andrew Gordon on Monday, April 11, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

On March 22nd Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 347 into law, requiring water utilities complete a water loss audit and an infrastructure needs assessment and submit the results to the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA). The IFA is then required to compile the results and report to the Indiana General Assembly by November 1, 2016. The bill also requires the IFA to study, analyze, and report on the infrastructure needs of Indiana’s water utilities. The IFA is required to submit this report on Indiana’s water infrastructure to the executive director of the Legislative Agency by November 1, 2017. (IC 8-1-30.7)

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Tags: education, water loss, Drinking Water

Free Water-Loss Audit Tool for Your Distribution System

Posted by Andrew Gordon on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Have you ever asked why the gallons of water pumped each month into a distribution system always exceed the gallons being sold?  There are no perfect water distribution systems and every utility incurs water loss and strives to determine where it occurs and a means to remediate the issue.  Controlling water loss ultimately saves money, but it is not always apparent.  Let’s take a look at how water usage is billed/not billed in a water system:

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Tags: water loss

Losing Water: One Main Break at a Time

Posted by Andrew Gordon on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 08:31 AM

Do these tweets sound familiar? "Avoid driving in the area" - "Residents may experience low water pressure" - "Under boil advisory"

Based on the Water Industry Database for all types of pipe, there are 0.27 water main breaks per mile of pipe per year, which equates to 237,600 water main breaks in the United States annually (Kirmeyer, Richards, and Smith, 1994).

Why do water mains leak or break?

In our experience, temperature, the age of the pipe, material composition, and soil conditions can be factors in why water mains leak or break.

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Tags: water main break, water, main break

Utility Lines: Crossing the Tracks

Posted by Andrew Gordon on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 @ 08:55 AM

Do you have an existing utility line that crosses under a railroad? Or, does your utility need to extend a new utility line underneath a railroad to improve service? Quite often utility departments need to either replace or extend a new utility pipe underneath railroad tracks to provide or maintain reliable service to its customers.

Railroads require a permit to cross under their facilities. The process to obtain a permit for construction underneath a railroad can often be a daunting task. Wessler Engineering recently contacted Derek Sublette from Norfolk Southern Corporation to obtain some answers to commonly asked questions when crossing under a railroad with a utility line.

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Tags: utility lines, utility installations, railroad

Trenches: 5 Steps for Safer Digging

Posted by Andrew Gordon on Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 09:45 AM

Based on information from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 60 workers die in trench cave-ins each year. Accidents resulting from trench collapses cause significant financial costs due to property damage, work stoppage, workers’ compensation claims, and even lawsuits.

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Tags: safety, OSHA, trench boxes, trenches

Tips for Maintaining Your Fire Hydrants

Posted by Andrew Gordon on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 @ 08:26 AM

Forbes Magazine reports that you only have 7 seconds to make a good first impression. Whether it’s your home or personal appearance, we usually try to make that first impression a memorable one. Appearances are important to your community also; one way to give a better “first impression” is to properly maintain your fire hydrants.

Do you have fire hydrants in your community that are old and outdated? Peeling paint? Inoperable?

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Tags: fire hydrants, flow testing

Hard Hats, Ear Plugs, and Gloves, Oh My!

Posted by Andrew Gordon on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

How can you stay safe this construction season? Everything from slowing down near road construction to simply wearing a hard hat on the jobsite helps ensure safety among workers and bystanders. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports almost 18% of all worker fatalities last year occurred on a construction site; to combat this statistic, it is necessary to plan ahead, wear the protective equipment, and be cautious of your surroundings.

Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violated in the 2012 fiscal year:

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Tags: construction, safety, OSHA


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