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Water main break floods Philadelphia, leaves muddy mess

Jul 5, 2018 — Infrastructure News

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A large water main break sent up to 15 million gallons of water gushing through downtown Philadelphia streets and onto sidewalks Tuesday, cutting power to thousands of customers.

Water crews were able to stop the flow of water at about 7:30 a.m., after more than three hours of flooding that snarled the morning commute and prompted rerouting of some city buses.—More…

America’s Underground Water Pipes Are Facing An Alarming Corrosion Epidemic

May 31, 2018 — Infrastructure News

America’s Underground Water Pipes Are Facing An Alarming Corrosion Epidemic
As the Trump administration and Congress continue to wrangle over a comprehensive infrastructure package, a new report warns that unless dramatic measures are taken, the nation’s rapidly declining underground water networks will imperil public health and safety.

Signs of stress surface daily in cities and small towns across the country as the roughly 300,000 water main breaks the U.S. suffers annually trigger floods and service disruptions, the report notes. The loss of water service is more than an inconvenience; it causes significant social and economic disruptions.

A report released in March by Utah State University’s acclaimed Buried Structure Laboratory titled, “Water Main Breaks in the United States and Canada: A Comprehensive Study,” points out that “a critical component to public health and economic well-being is our drinking water which is brought to the tap through an elaborate network of underground water distribution systems.” —More…

Watermain Break Study: PVC has the lowest break rates

May 14, 2018 — Infrastructure News

Dr. Steven Folkman, Ph.D., P.E. of the Utah State University Buried Structures Laboratory has published the latest edition of the valued report: Water Main Break Rates In the USA and Canada: A Comprehensive Study. Last published in 2012 the report surveys water main failures across Canada and the USA to determine the break rates by piping material. And again, PVC is the pipe material with the lowest break rate while Ductile Iron break rates are 2.4 times higher than PVC. Get the full report

Dr Steven Folkman Presenting Water Main Break Study Results

May 8, 2018 — Infrastructure News

Report reaffirms PVC being the pipe material with the lowest break rates in Canada & U.S.A

New Utah State University Study helps cities budget for Water Main Breaks

May 4, 2018 — Infrastructure News

New Utah State University Study helps cities budget for Water Main Breaks
New data from Utah State University Buried Structures Laboratory quantifies water main breaks by pipe material type, helping towns and cities across Canada and the U.S. predict their costs in the future. Since their ground breaking study in 2012, Dr. Steve Folkman has found break rates increased 27% in 5 years and even more troublesome, the replacement rate is not keeping up with the deterioration rate. For a copy of the report, click here For the report in French, click here:

New Utah State University Study helps cities budget for Water Main Breaks

Study Says Pipe Failures Cause for Concern: Break Rates for Almost Half of U.S. Water Mains Up More

Mar 6, 2018 — Infrastructure News

LOGAN, Utah—Utah State University’s (USU) Buried Structures Laboratory has published a second comprehensive study on break rates of the most commonly used water pipe materials titled, “Water Main Break Rates In the USA and Canada: A Comprehensive Study.” The Buried Structures Laboratory has a large scale testing facility for pipes and underground structures. USU is also home to the Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL), which has been a world leader in environmental research and water policy for over 50 years. UWRL is the oldest university-based water research facility in the U.S.

Dr. Steven Folkman, co-author of Buried Pipe Design and author of a 2012 USU water main break report, has completed a new pipe materials survey in which over 300 utilities responded, representing approximately 200,000 miles of installed water mains.  The 2018 study was able to get respondents from 48 states in the U.S. and 7 out of 10 provinces in Canada, representing a 49% increase in survey responses and 45% more miles of pipe compared to the 2012 study, increasing its statistical validity.  Utilities that provided data serve a population of over 52 million people, representing 14.5% of the total population of the U.S. and Canada. The survey recorded 23,803 pipe failures that needed repairs which is a significant basis for break data.  This is one of the largest surveys conducted on water main breaks and the results give an accurate representation of water pipe condition and operation in North America.  The report can assist in revising pipe service life assumptions used in the past.—More…

Budget watchdog says Liberals can’t account for $2.5B in infrastructure funds

Feb 28, 2018 — Infrastructure News

OTTAWA – The parliamentary budget watchdog says it can’t find billions in new infrastructure spending that is supposed to be in key federal spending projections released earlier this month.

The main spending estimates for the next 12 months were supposed to include $8 billion in new infrastructure spending, but a report Thursday morning from parliamentary budget officer Jean-Denis Frechette says the documents only show $5.5 billion in infrastructure allocations.—More…

Full Interview with Congressman Pete Sessions on NAFTA

Feb 15, 2018 — Infrastructure News

Rebuilding American Infrastructure: Utilizing Lifecycle Data To Evaluate The Environmental Impact Of

Aug 25, 2017 — Infrastructure News

In 2017, America’s aging piping infrastructure, corroded piping systems, and water quality concerns are at the forefront. Examples like Flint, MI, have engineers and policymakers working to design piping systems that excel in longevity, durability, and cost-effectiveness. The controversy and magnitude of this national problem has resulted in many false claims and complicated solutions from competing piping manufacturers, leaving engineers and municipalities unsure of what solution will work best for their infrastructure needs.

Throughout North America, many infrastructure standards and building codes are now integrating lifecycle thinking into guidelines and specifications, asking the question, what is the true impact of the products we use to build our nation? When analyzing water piping systems, we ask the same question: What are the environment and cost impacts over the entire lifecycle of the piping system? Lifecycle thinking is considering all stages of a product’s lifecycle — from raw materials to end-of-life disposal — in order to fully comprehend a product’s environmental impact. In our “take-make-waste” society, we do not often consider the impacts of the materials we use in day-to-day life, nor the costs associated with resource extraction, energy use over the life of the system, disposal, water pollution, or emissions. Understanding the lifecycle impacts of a product can help design teams to identify sustainability and cost goals; spot problems and solutions that may have gone unnoticed; and design the piping system that fits the specific needs of the community.—More…

Municipalities seek more infrastructure cash

Aug 25, 2017 — Infrastructure News

Municipalities across the province are facing a funding crisis as they try to pay for a growing list of crumbling roads, bridges and pipes.

This week, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) put forward a proposal to address the growing infrastructure gap at its annual conference in Ottawa. That proposal would raise the provincial portion of the HST by one per cent.—More…

Chambers push for infrastructure spending

Aug 25, 2017 — Infrastructure News

There is little doubt, chambers of commerce officials say, that Ontario needs billions to bring its infrastructure up to date. In Sudbury alone, that number is at least $1.4 billion.

And while the provincial government is about to unveil its long-term infrastructure plan, Ontario’s chambers of commerce, including Sudbury’s, have some advice on how to make sure the money is spent well.—More…

The case for infrastructure spending

Aug 25, 2017 — Infrastructure News

Suppose your house needs a new roof, and the interest rate on the loan you require to get the work done is extraordinarily low—but expected to rise in the future. In addition, construction work has been slow in the area, meaning labor and other costs are at bargain rates for the time being. Should you get the work done now or wait until later when it might cost quite a bit more?

That’s the situation the U.S. now faces over infrastructure spending. The nation has considerable needs for bolstering its infrastructure, interest rates remain ultralow but are expected to rise in the future, and the costs for labor and raw materials are below normal due to the slow recovery from the Great Recession but are likely to increase over time.—More…

Canada’s “Plan B” if economy falters: infrastructure spending, not rate trimming

Aug 2, 2012 — Infrastructure News

Ramping up government spending on infrastructure, rather than trimming interest rates, may be Canada’s best path should economic growth falter in the next year, notes a new report from CIBC World Markets.

Money down the drain? Think tank says municipalities can save billions

May 2, 2012 — Infrastructure News

Everyone wants to know - how on earth do we pay for the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. A think tank in the USA, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, says the answer comes down to how municipalities buy their goods and services.

Download the full study here.

Did Ontario cancel the infrastructure program?

Mar 1, 2012 — Infrastructure News

Did Ontario cancel the infrastructure program?

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty warned municipal leaders at a conference on Monday that billions of dollars previously earmarked for infrastructure projects are no longer available and that infrastructure programs have been cancelled. This has a number of industry associations “gravely concerned.” Developing…

Toronto’s aging infrastructure costing millions

Feb 2, 2012 — Infrastructure News

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.

Toronto’s aging infrastructure costing millions

Jan 5, 2012 — Infrastructure News

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Spring can’t come soon enough for city’s water department

Mar 13, 2011 — Infrastructure News

By Paul Terefenko, National Post
Hate to break it to you, but it’s been a very bad winter for those who live in fear of water mains bursting. The unpleasantly long, cold winter and its recent roller coaster of warm-then-cool temperatures has caused pipes below the surface to crack under pressure at a high rate this winter.

Cooperation is needed indeed, but “carte-blanche” ? NO-WAY!

Feb 19, 2011 — Infrastructure News

As a Canadian, I’m a bit taken aback on what President Obama and our Prime Minister are talking about behind closed doors! I can agree we need more joint workings but these need to be discussed so we know what is going on.

In my mind “trust” and being “open” are matters that do not phase our Prime Minister. I get the distinct feeling he’d likely steal his grandmothers gold from her teeth! We need to protect Canada and Canadians not give into the Americans because it sounds good.

Feds extend infrastructure deadline, industry applauds

Feb 7, 2011 — Infrastructure News

“Municipalities, have been working hard to complete stimulus projects on time and indications are that the vast majority of projects will meet their original deadlines. The new deadline of October 31, 2011 is the extra construction season necessary to complete projects that are behind schedule.