Breaking bad: Water main failures occur by the hundreds

Toronto’s aging infrastructure costing millions

By —— Bio and Archives--February 2, 2012

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Engineers are warning that when the mercury drops, Toronto’s century-old system of water mains and pipes are at risk of snapping and flooding streets, as the city faces a repair backlog of $1.7 billion to update its infrastructure.

The city repairs up to 80 kilometres of old cast-iron and metal pipes each year with PVC pipes, costing millions of dollars. The city is also constantly evaluating the total amount that needs to be fixed or replaced.

Green Gone Good: Confessions of a Sensible Environmentalist

The founder of Greenpeace, Dr. Patrick Moore, recently sat down for an interview to discuss the increased perils associated with activist organizations. It was a fascinating look, especially considering it was Dr. Moore himself who founded one of the most outspoken environmental groups around today.
You can see the video, which originally appeared on SunTV. It’s been conveniently broken down into three bite-sized chunks here.

Breaking bad: Water main failures occur by the hundreds

After a record-low amount of water main breaks in 2010, the city of Winnipeg had 570 last year, up from 328. Despite the increase, Winnipeg has been successful at reducing the number of water main breaks thanks in part to better ways of reducing corrosion on the most at-risk pipes. In the 1980s, the city saw about 2,500 breaks a year.

Construction industry lauds Toronto water rate change

As Toronto politicians, labour leaders and pundits argue over the city’s tax-supported proposed budget, the head of the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) is praising city council for approving a nine per cent increase in water rates.

City of Edmonton owned utility gets ready to buy utilities in USA

Epcor is hoping to expand their Arizona and New Mexico acquisitions even further by doing joint ventures with the City of Phoenix.

City of Toronto set to approve large diameter vinyl:

Toronto would be joining other cities like London, Hamilton and Ottawa which have opened their specifications to competition, and seen their average cost per metre drop dramatically. For IPEX, this is especially welcome news. With manufacturing facilities and offices at on Pharmacy Avenue, Bermondsey Rd, Atwell Drive and Carlingview Drive, we look forward to competing for Toronto tenders and providing value for taxpayers.

Fun Fact:
The inventor of the Ipod, Apple’s Steve Jobs, preferred to listen to his own music collection on vinyl LP’s.

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