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...

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Strip District is Stripping its Water and Sewer Lines

Apr 13

Strip District is Stripping its Water and Sewer Lines

The Strip District of Pittsburgh is getting a makeover – underground that is. Beginning in late April, more than 3,600 feet of water lines beneath Smallman Street in the area of 16th to 21st streets and more than 4,000 feet of sewer lines will be replaced and rehabbed resulting in a $9 million effort to enhance the underground aging infrastructure in the Steel...

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Pittsburgh Makes Policy Changes to Reduce Lead Pipelining

Jul 05

Pittsburgh Makes Policy Changes to Reduce Lead Pipelining

The city of Pittsburgh is next in line for policy changes and scheduled pipeline rehabilitations to address the problem of lead in the water systems. Lead contamination in Pittsburgh has been a topic that has prompted increased awareness locally, as well as in cities nationwide. It has brought a pressing need to reinforce public health and safety by reinventing...

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Pittsburgh’s Proactive Approach for Lead Testing and Sewer Maintenance

Mar 15

Pittsburgh’s Proactive Approach for Lead Testing and Sewer Maintenance

The city of Pittsburgh has engineered a highly effective sewer system which is designed to induce an overflow, if necessary. This may seem counterintuitive but the reason is due to heavy rains which pour into street-level storm drains, mix with sewage and quickly overwhelm the system. When the gates at the intercept structures are activated, they open and release the...

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Pittsburgh is Getting There: Making Progress for Sustainability and Sewers

Jun 24

Pittsburgh is Getting There: Making Progress for Sustainability and Sewers

Of all the good thing Pittsburgh is known for, the city is still trying to better its reputation on water quality. There have been recent improvements to the adaptive-management approach to fix our sewer system which has made a noticeable difference in the ratepayer’s satisfaction with the city. Pittsburgh is taking a much closer view of how sustainable measures...

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Pittsburgh’s Chock- Full Sewer To-Do List

Mar 14

Pittsburgh’s Chock- Full Sewer To-Do List

Pittsburgh is in the process of a large scale project to eradicate the troubled sewer system.   Going first toward green infrastructures as the most efficient means to a cure.  The agenda will set in place the use of permeable pavements, parks, and other green initiatives to reduce sewage overflow issues.  The regulators of the industry have granted an additional...

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