Algae-Blooms Along Florida’s Coastline Create Crisis

Jul 07

Algae-Blooms Along Florida’s Coastline Create Crisis

There are many waterways in Florida and a plethora of beautiful beaches that draw the attention of residents and tourist, alike. Unfortunately, the massive algae blooms have become a growing concern due to contamination and pollutants in lakes, rivers and even beaches along Florida’s east coast. So much so that a state of emergency was recently called along Florida’s coastline with the current algae bloom affecting the region being attributed to discharges from Lake Okeechobee. Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater body in the state.  In an effort to find a lasting solution, new wastewater systems will be funded as cities across Florida address best management procedures for the algae-blooms. The recipe for algae blooms has four ingredients: Warm water, Long, sunny days for photosynthesis, the process plants use to turn sunlight into food. High levels of nutrients, particularly nitrogen and phosphorus, for fuel and no more than a pinch of salt in the water. The Lake’s freshwater also reduces salinity in the estuary, which should ideally have both a mix of salt and fresh water. The particular type of blue-green algae that has afflicted the nearby St. Lucie River, as well as, the Indian River Lagoon, contains toxins that can cause stomach and intestinal illness, respiratory distress, allergic reactions, skin irritations and liver damage. Swimming or wading in a bloom can cause skin irritation, hives, blisters and rashes. A side note: Septic tank runoff has also become a major contributor to the pollution in the local waterways. Septic systems failures can occur when wastewater either breaks out at the surface or seeps into the soils and travels to groundwater sources, contaminating the water and threatening public health. Coming soon: Perma-Liner Industries is busy making plans for you. We’re planning a “Trenchless Tour” on July 27th in Waterbury, CT. Click Here to Register! Or call 1-866-336-2568. See you...

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Miami’s Shifting Sea Wall Elevation and Waterfront Homes

Jun 23

Miami’s Shifting Sea Wall Elevation and Waterfront Homes

In Miami, many tourists and residents alike find the charm of the city has a pull of its own.  An array of pleasing characteristics make Miami an ideal place to reside. While beautiful homes surround waterfront lots, there are important factors to consider when looking into local real estate. A question that one may ask: does the street flood during extreme tides? The city is part of a region where climate change will fuel sea-level rise by as much as 10 inches, over the levels of decades ago, by 2030. So ‘will it flood?’ is a buyer’s question. South Florida is home to 6 million people and is projected to grow by 3 million over the next three decades. Most of the estimates of growth rely on the continued enticement of the beaches, waterways and natural environment. Yet, by 2050, an estimated $15 billion to $36 billion of Florida’s coastal property will be threatened by sea-level rise. Additionally, climate change has a role to play, particularly for the resources of roads and sewer lines in low-lying areas, and storm and flood insurance rates. Residents, for those reasons, are now looking for reassurance that their investments will be secure. Many are beginning to realize that protecting people and property from more intense storms, higher temperatures and sea-level rise will require a massive investment in ideas and infrastructure. Currently there are changes to base flood elevation requirements with increases to sea wall elevation. Developers have started marketing storm-resistant homes and resilient buildings, such as a high-rise in downtown Miami designed to withstand 300-mph winds. Coming soon: Perma-Liner Industries is busy making plans for you. We’re planning a Trenchless Tour on July 27th in the New England area. We’ll be posting more information on this spectacular event…stay tuned! Click here to...

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Meet Our New Certified Installer in Florida: GEM Statewide Plumbing

May 18

Meet Our New Certified Installer in Florida: GEM Statewide Plumbing

Perma-Liner Industries is proud to work with our certified installers, all of whom are first-rate. We get especially happy when we have the pleasure of introducing them to you. If you’re a resident of Florida, it’s time to introduce you to Gem Statewide Plumbing! Gem specializes in electronic leak detection. As new homes are built with concrete foundations, slab leaks will occur which may surface from any imperfection in the concrete foundation. That’s why it’s vital to have a professional plumbing contractor with the right equipment to locate the leak. An outstanding plumber will always receive great reviews from happy customers: “just had another great job completed by Gem Plumbing. This time we had a full re-plumbing and the guys were professional, went above & beyond to make sure everything was perfect” is just one of the rave reviews. Gem Statewide Plumbing leaves nothing off the list with an extensive line of services offered for all of your residential plumbing problems including sewer lines, drain cleaning, hydro jetting services, garbage disposals, video inspections and much more. Gem also provides you with 24 hour service and is currently offering discounts and special offers! Call to get your free estimate and remember to ask about the many additional services offered. 1-941-475-7000 or www.gemstatewideplumbing.com. You can look forward to being a happy customer! Interesting fact: North Miami has had great success with the installation of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program capable of leak detection. This has been an integral solution to aid in time efficiency and inspections. Prior to the new system, surveying the 550 mile pipeline system was a drawn-out, inefficient process which used staff resources, money and water ineffectively. In addition, the new leak detection system is equipped with real time customer usage data which has vastly improved customer...

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Florida’s Lagoon and Wetlands: Ecological Adherence

Apr 25

Florida’s Lagoon and Wetlands: Ecological Adherence

Florida has many areas of water that can become polluted; requiring residents to make an increased effort on behalf of the environment. Rivers and streams drain into estuaries, bringing in nutrients from uplands. As long as nutrient-rich freshwater flows and tides interact without interference, estuaries will remain productive. Today, they remain one of our greatest natural resources. If you live along the estuary, there are several ways residents can be proactive.  There are ongoing volunteer efforts in place to ensure heedful practices on behalf of coastal and marine ecology. Additionally, it is suggested that homeowners inspect their septic tanks. Brevard County has approximately 100,000 tanks. All totaled, there are an estimated 300,000 septic tanks in the five-county area bordering the Lagoon.  Roughly 30 years ago, there were 46 sewer plants along the 156 miles of the Indian River Lagoon, resulting in discharges of up to 55,000,000 gallons daily into the estuary. However, when septic tanks fail, it can lead to ecological problems as well.  The Lagoon can sustain large amounts of algae due to heavy rains forming a layer of low density water which can persist for months. The result wreaks havoc on life forms in the Lagoon.  Other best practices for homeowners include watching where you mow, fertilize and use pesticides. A good rule of thumb is to keep a distance of at least ten feet from the water, helping to protect the estuaries from organic matter.  The Quality Assurance Project Plans, which have been implemented within the State, continue on the estuaries throughout South Florida, as well as, the wetlands in Jacksonville. Certified Installers take note: Perma-Liner Industries would like to invite you to our Refresher Training (Perma-Lateral™ specific) that will take place on July 12th and 13th at our Clearwater facility!! Please plan on attending. Register by calling 1-866-336-2568 or Click Here!  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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Flow Equalization and the Everglades Restoration

Mar 09

Flow Equalization and the Everglades Restoration

Flow equalization basins provide a more steady flow of water to storm water treatment areas, helping to maintain desired water levels needed to achieve optimal water quality treatment performance.  The A-1 Flow Equalization Basin (FEB) is part of several ongoing projects in the State of Florida’s $880 million Restoration Strategies plan, all designed to improve water quality in the Everglades. A flow equalization basin is a constructed storage feature used to capture and store peak storm water flows. The A-1 FEB is capable of storing 20 billion gallons of water, enough to fill 45,000 football fields one foot deep.  The A-1 will also contain vegetation to help reduce phosphorus concentrations before moving water to the storm water treatment areas (constructed wetlands) that serve as the water-cleaning workhorses by removing nutrients from the water that flows into the Everglades. Biscayne Bay is part of the restoration effort and a large Florida ecosystem which also relies upon water that flows directly from the Everglades.  Of the many benefits of this project, it will serve to maximize water quality improvement abilities.  Construction is underway on the $59.9 million project, which includes levees, water control structures, collection and conveyance canals and pump station upgrades. Miami, have you registered yet for the NASTT’s No-Dig Show? It’s being held this month in Dallas. The NASTT No-Dig show is the largest trenchless technology conference in North America. Professionals attend to learn new techniques that will save money and improve infrastructure. We’ll have many fascinating, informative demo’s on the latest trenchless technologies along with exhibits, products and resources on all of our services locally and nationwide. You won’t want to miss it! Location: Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center/ March 20th-24th 1501 Gaylord Trail Grapevine, TX...

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The Florida Lawn: What’s Required?

Feb 10

The Florida Lawn: What’s Required?

Proper lawn maintenance is vital for the long-term health of your lawn. Appropriate mowing and watering practices must occur so your lawn will have a healthy root system, be more drought-tolerant and be able to resist pests and disease.  Practicing a few guidelines will keep your lawn maintained well. When mowing, be sure not to remove more than one-third of the leaf blade at any one time. Cutting too much of the leaf blade can stress your lawn. If your grass is under any stress (shade, traffic, drought, etc.), raise the mowing height. Mowing at low heights can result in a shallow root system. Keep your mower blades sharp. A dull blade tears the grass blades, making the grass unattractive and prone to an influx of insects or disease. Do not mow when grass is wet. This is unsafe for you, tough on the mower and bad for the grass. If you miss a weekly mowing, raise the mower height so you do not remove too much of the grass blade. Bring the height back down to the recommended level gradually over the next few weeks. Keep grass clippings, vegetative material and vegetative debris away from storm drains, ditches, water bodies and roadways. Leave grass clippings on the ground as they return nutrients and organic matter back to the lawn. Regardless of the season, grass needs no more than one half to three quarters inch of water each time you irrigate. In the winter months, grass growth is less active and may need to be watered every 10 to 14 days. Miami, did you know? Single family homeowners are eligible for a free evaluation of your in-ground irrigation system as part of the Landscape Irrigation Project sponsored by the Miami-Dade County Water Use Efficiency...

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