America’s Failing Water Infrastructure: There are Ways We Can Begin to Fix It

Jun 06

America’s Failing Water Infrastructure: There are Ways We Can Begin to Fix It

There are many variables threatening America’s water from pollution issues and aging infrastructure to raising costs and droughts and rainfall patterns as the climate changes. The U.S. used to be a leader when it came to water infrastructure and management. Now, the U.S. is lagging behind receiving D ratings for dams, drinking water and wastewater. It’s time to start focuses on possible solutions to curb these issues – the U.S. can get A ratings and below are some of the solutions that may get the nation where it needs to be. It starts with creating a national-level governance. Water technically has no boundaries and is very good at sometimes ignoring the municipal boundaries it does have. So what does this mean? One town’s water use or sewage can affect other cities or states that rely on the same water supply. That’s why many countries have a national water authority or commission that oversees water management across the country. The U.S. does not and we’re exactly the opposite. Our nation’s water supply is managed by individual municipalities each doing their own thing. This creates numerous hurdles to climb and makes it difficult to initiate and complete regional projects. To do almost anything, there needs to be a budget and that’s the case with water infrastructure. The government spends only two percent of its GDP on infrastructure, and water infrastructure makes up just a part of that. The U.S. is spending less than Vietnam, Mexico, and Chile. If the U.S. wants nice things, like a water infrastructure that does not fail us, then the U.S. has to be willing to pay for them. One possible solution that most do not consider is the private investor sector. Many investors are interested in investing in water-related issues, but they want to know more about the social and environmental effects their investments will have. The problem is that there are a lot of inconsistencies in how companies report these estimates. It has been suggested that investors, academics and regulators need to team up to create a standardized system of evaluating the impacts of sustainable investments. Another challenge is getting investors to understand how complex and important water is, since it affects agriculture and many...

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Paying Homage: Miami Steadfast Sewer Itinerary

Jun 28

Paying Homage: Miami Steadfast Sewer Itinerary

The city of Miami has been investing in viable options for sewer repair and replacement of pipelines in a state of disrepair. For years, Miami has been a positive reference for other cities when it comes to learning the best method of keeping water infrastructures operating at a superior level. The city’s efficiency for maintaining the sewer system has not gone unnoticed. Equipped with a comprehensive master plan, Miami’s capital improvement program is in full effect and while hundreds of projects have already been completed, even more are planned for the near future. The projects range from water and sewer line rehabilitation and replacement, enhanced monitoring and data systems integration, to improved energy efficiency. Treatment plant upgrades and expansion are also in the works. Recently, Miami received accolades for its insightful and careful planning for future needs of the city, as it involves water systems and distribution. Additionally, the city is now working on the installation of a large waterline traveling down SW 152 Street, parallel to the Miami Zoo. In addition to this, the construction of a new state-of-the-art advanced metering and fiber-optic emergency response system is debuting. The system is complete with new leak detection technology for over 100 miles of the transmission and distribution system. Within a matter of only months, the new component identified up to 50 leaks, thereby saving over 400 million gallons of water. Because of this advancement, the city was presented with an additional award in water loss management. Did you know that The Miami Zoo is expanding and currently has even more to see? The new section of the Zoo sits on five acres of land. When you visit expect to see black bears, panthers, alligators, crocodiles and more. Interestingly, Florida Panthers are estimated to only have a total population ranging from...

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Full Steam Ahead! Check Out Perma-Liner Industries 2016 Events Line Up!!

Aug 18

Full Steam Ahead! Check Out Perma-Liner Industries 2016 Events Line Up!!

Undoubtedly, you are still enjoying the many highlights that this time of year brings, but as the glory days of summer begin to wane, no worries! We’ve got some exciting events scheduled for you and they’re coming up right around the corner. Mark your calendars for these informative trade shows that you won’t want to miss! First up, Perma-Liner Industries is pleased to announce we’ll be in Milwaukee on September 12-13th for the WEQ Fair. This is the place to be to gain a world of knowledge about the trenchless pipelining Industry and the equipment Perma-Liner Industries manufactures. You can expect to see our live demonstrations in the comfortable outdoor setting of the Wisconsin State Fair Park. This Wastewater Equipment Fair will have an assortment of commercial, industrial and municipal gear to become familiarized with and you’ll be intrigued to learn about the many systems used for sewer cleaning and rehabilitations. Interesting fact: did you know the Milwaukee Mile is a one-mile long oval race track located at Wisconsin State Fair Park? It’s the oldest operating motor speedway in the world. Next up! WEFTEC. Folks, this is the super bowl of trade shows. Not to be missed, and acclaimed as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world. Also known for the most comprehensive show floor, this conference provides an unparalleled bird’s- eye view to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field. This is an event that will give you the chance to network with associates in the industry or just learn much more about the field of technology and water quality, treatments, equipment, and services. We’ll have our representatives there to answer questions, perform live demonstrations and provide resources to further your knowledge of the trenchless pipelining industry. Here’s the info to mark your calendars: The 89th Technical Exhibition and Conference is being held on Sept. 24- 28th at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Interesting fact: The Convention Center has 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space and is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation. Stay tuned… we’ll have more information (on even more events) on deck, coming up soon! Looking forward to see you...

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Miami is Pioneering Advancements in Sewage Containment

Apr 12

In an effort to adapt to a state law prohibiting Miami-Dade’s disposal of treated sewage through ocean outfall pipes, the county is building injection wells designed to pump treated waste into a cavern like space or ‘ boulder zone’.  Deep caverns have been documented in Florida’s geology. The county currently has 21 injection wells in north and south Dade. By 2025, it is projected to be double that amount at a cost summary of $635 million. This initiative is considered cutting-edge and could very well put distance between the residence of Miami and the millions of gallons of sewage produced every day. The city is also working to improve flood mitigation for families and businesses in the 8.5 Square Mile Area east of the Everglades National Park. Last week, the District excavated a 175-foot connection between the S-358 seepage canal and the S-357 pump station adjacent to the 8.5 Square Mile Area. This is for the purpose of lowering the water level in that seepage canal, lowering the water table, thus providing direct relief to properties within the 8.5 Square Mile Area that are experiencing standing water. The connection also eliminates the need for several pumps being used to provide temporary relief. Save the Dates: Perma-Liner Industries has a lineup of events for you to attend!  All are invited to come to one, or if you’re adventurous, all of our LIVE DEMOS coming up in April and May. You can go to www.perma-liner.com to register and find out more but first…here are the dates and locations to save: We’ll be in Seattle April 27th, Chicago May 4th and Philadelphia May 18th. You can expect to have our knowledgeable staff showing you the latest CIPP technology. We want to see you...

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Florida Cities Offer Sewer Connection Assistance

Dec 17

Florida Cities Offer Sewer Connection Assistance

Many Cities throughout Florida participate in the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) to fund and administer the Sewer Connection Assistance Program. The program assists eligible homeowners who live in neighborhoods impacted by the City’s septic to central sewer system program. The funds may be used to pay costs associated with connection to the sewer system, including:  City impact fees, City special assessment fees, private plumber sewer system connection fees. Up to $12,000 per housing unit is available, in the form of a deferred payment, zero percent interest loan secured by a mortgage on the property. Loans will be forgiven in full after the completion of a seven-year term. Residence must be owner-occupied.  Residence must be a single family home in a neighborhood which is being converted from septic to sewer by the City. Assessed value of the residence cannot exceed $386,202. The applicant household cannot have assets exceeding $25,000. This includes cash, stocks, bonds, investment accounts and real estate (excluding the primary residence). Qualified retirement accounts must be disclosed by applicants and verified but will not be included in the $25,000 asset cap. The homeowner must execute a contract with a licensed plumber and connect within six months of the assessment in order for the connection fees to be paid by SHIP funds. Once this has been done, SHIP funds will also be used to pay the City’s impact and special assessment fees. Jacksonville/ Miami/Tampa, whether you’re looking for the best plumber in your area or have questions about the trenchless CIPP industry, Perma-liner Industries can help you. We’ve been in the Manufacturing business since 1999 and offer state of the art materials and equipment. Your success is our success!  For more information call us or go online to www.perma-liner.com/...

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What Precipitates Sinkhole Events in Florida

Dec 04

What Precipitates Sinkhole Events in Florida

As Florida’s population grows it expands into areas which may be potentially more susceptible to sinkhole formation. Therefore, more sinkholes are being witnessed and reported. There are several factors to consider in the formation of a sinkhole. Such as: Hydrologic conditions, including lack of rainfall, lowered water levels, or, conversely, excessive rainfall in a short period of time, can all contribute to sinkhole development.  Sinkholes form naturally under standard geologic and hydro geologic conditions throughout much of Florida. Additional stresses beyond those standard conditions can be catalysts inducing formation of single or multiple sinkholes. Those additional stress conditions are referred to as triggers. Triggers can be climatic or seasonal as natural variations in precipitation from wet to dry periods occur. Triggers fall into two categories, natural and anthropogenic (result from human influence).  Natural trigger events include, but are not limited to:  Heavy rainfall and Drought, followed by heavy rain. Tropical storms (heavy rain, flooding), Animal burrowing and digging.  Sometimes the large numbers of sinkholes will form when one or more triggering events occur. Jacksonville/Miami/Tampa, Perma-liner Industries has some exciting information that must be shared now as time is of the essence! It’s the Section 179 Deduction. This allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves. Still reading this?? Give us a call so we can offer you our very best products and services now.  1-866-336-2568/ www.perma-liner.com. Section 179 is one of the few incentives included in any of the recent Stimulus Bills that actually helps small...

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