Pressure Testing It’s What’s Happening Near Pittsburgh

Pressure Testing: It’s What’s Happening Near Pittsburgh

About 57 percent of structures throughout 17 sewer systems that connect to the Dornick Point Sewage Treatment Plant have been pressure tested as part of the ongoing, state-mandated, region-wide remediation project to reduce flows to the facility. The total consisted of 14,636 out of 25,802 buildings having the test done across 20 municipalities – representing an increase of about 15 percent since the spring of 2017. What could have prevented this break? Pressure testing, which is what is now occurring.

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Perma-Liner™ Certified Installer Highlight | Metz Plumbing & Sewer Lining

Founded more than 15 years ago by Robert Metz and located in Pittsburgh, Penn., Metz Plumbing & Sewer Lining recently completed a CIPP job in East McKeesport, Penn. Their customer is currently trying to sell their house and a lateral inspection by the city failed due to root intrusion and numerous cracks throughout the 6” terra cotta line. The customer dug the access at the house trap inside the house to keep their costs as low as possible. The Metz

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Record Rainfall Threatens City’s Sewer System

Record Rainfall Threatens City’s Sewer System

Officially, 2018 became the wettest year on record for the city of Pittsburgh reaching more than 57 inches of rain. This region typically sees around 38 inches of rain per year so when it almost doubled in 2018, problems started to arise within the City’s sewer system. Heavy rains led to streams overflowing, roads flooding, landslides and basements backing up with rising water and raw sewage. Many issues occurred as a result of the storms and it was clear that

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Cured-In-Place-Pipelining Demonstration Days July 18 – 19

Perma-Liner Industries, LLC. to Hold Live Cured-In-Place-Pipelining Demonstration Days and Educational Sessions Open House will be held in Anaheim, Cali. on July 18 – 19 ANAHEIM, Cali. – With state-of-the-art technology options, it is not necessary to dig up aging or failing pipes to repair them. There is an efficient and cost-effective way to repair these pipes called the Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) method. Perma-Liner™ Industries, LLC. (“Perma-Liner”), the leading manufacturer and supplier of trenchless pipeline rehabilitation equipment and materials in North

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Epoxy vinyl ester resin brings many advantages to CIPP industry

Perma-Liner™ Industries, LLC. (“Perma-Liner”), the leading manufacturer and supplier of trenchless pipeline rehabilitation equipment and materials in North America, is introducing a new high-performance epoxy vinyl ester resin called Perma-Liner™ Vinyl Ester. The resin is Bisphenol-A Epoxy-based dissolved in styrene and is available now for purchase. “We are excited to introduce our newest resin into our already broad spectrum of products,” said Jerry D’Hulster, president of Perma-Liner Industries, LLC. “The high-performance epoxy vinyl ester resin offers an excellent balance of

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Summer Sewage Repair Work to Begin Soon in Penn Hills

An area just outside of Pittsburgh is getting a sewer system upgrade and at the cost of roughly $900,000. Penn Hills is embarking on a three-month sewage repair process that will involve about two miles of the system and includes replacing 41 sections of sewer lines, lining 49 sections and cleaning a pipe. There are 12 pump stations in Penn Hills and the work is expected to begin at the end of June. Sewer service is not expected to be

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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

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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 City. The sewer line rehabilitation means retiring the current combined system and separating flow into district channels

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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 pipelining systems, on a large scale. Thus, a number of changes have gone into effect. The great majority of Pittsburgh homes

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Pittsburgh’s Top Priority: Dedicating Resources to Sustain Sewer System

The city of Pittsburgh is diligently working toward a resolution for the improvement of the city’s water infrastructure.  The pipelines within the structures are also a concern as lead contaminants have been a problem for households, though not all homeowners have been affected. To date, Pennsylvania has the most combined sewer overflows, nationwide. Aging infrastructure along with overloaded sewer systems, as well as contamination of rivers and streams has taken its toll on the state’s water systems.  As a whole,

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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 excess into the rivers. Otherwise, there would be the unfortunate alternative of raw sewage backing up into homes and onto

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Pittsburgh Highlights the Prudence of Planting Trees to Avert Flooding

The City of Pittsburgh is going to great lengths to put strategies in place to assist and manage stormwater. The current agenda is putting conservation first and demonstrating best practices while saving both trees, the environment and city expenses, simultaneously. The main focus is to assuage the local street flooding and sewer backups caused by large rainstorms. The characteristics of stormwater management improve the quality of local waterways.  During storm events, the combined sewer system is often overwhelmed, causing combined

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University Of Pennsylvania’s “Green” Work of Art

The University of Pennsylvania has been both resourceful and innovative in the creation of sustainable “green” projects. Within the last decade, collaborators formed an outstretched area of land intended for use by the Penn community, named Shoemaker Green. This 2.75-acre park on the campus, resembles a large bathtub in design and is multi-faceted in order to capture and recycle the storm water and HVAC runoff from the surrounding buildings. The system includes a 20,000-gallon underground cistern, porous hardscape surfaces, and

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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

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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 would benefit residents and nearby communities. This means prioritizing investments in green infrastructure and upgrading the sewer system and the treatment

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Pittsburgh Conducts Testing for Lead in Pipelines

Pittsburgh has recently launched a new program for residents that includes lead testing. If you’re a customer of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, you are eligible for free water testing. If requested, you will receive a sample bottle with simple instructions. An examination of 103 homes revealed non-detectible levels of lead and some had very low levels, but others were more concerning.  Tests show that while water leaving the treatment plant is lead-free; it can pick up lead from

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Pittsburgh Neighborhood Launches Inventive Watershed Project

The community of Penn Hills is beginning a project that has been on hold until warmer weather. Now that spring is here, environmental initiatives benefiting the watershed will take place. The Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, the nonprofit responsible for preserving Pittsburgh’s East End, implemented a strategy to alleviate the obstacles that water runoff has caused.  The idea is to reroute the rainwater and have it absorbed into the environment, instead of overflowing storm water drains. Through the natural process

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Pittsburgh Begins Revitalization of Water Tanks

The city of Pittsburgh and cities across Pennsylvania are rehabilitating water storage tanks approved by the local water company.  At least 13 tanks will be inspected and repainted with the goal of prolonging the effectiveness of the tanks and protecting water quality.  American Water has been instrumental in keeping infrastructures up to date and in good operating condition.  The project will also serve to enhance the service that communities receive by and upgrading the equipment the city uses for sewer

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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 10 years to come into compliance with directives to cut in half the estimated 9 billion gallons of sewage each

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Pittsburgh Sewer Project and Contaminant Reduction

The Pittsburgh sewer project is finally underway that is part of a $5.3 million initiative to rebuild Forbes between Smithfield and Wood Street, which has 80 percent state and federal funding.  As a result of the project, one bus lane toward the Smithfield Street Bridge will be the only traffic on Smithfield between Fourth and Fifth avenues. Traffic on Forbes will be detoured at Cherry Way for at least a month, but one lane is expected to be open after

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