Failing Pipe Causes Win for Some Residents in Killeen

Sep 24

Failing Pipe Causes Win for Some Residents in Killeen

Repairing a sewer line can be quite expensive but most homeowners don’t know they’re responsible for the sewer laterals. Repairs can be upwards of $25,000 and most people don’t have that kind of money for repairs and homeowners insurance won’t cover the cost. Some residents near Killeen recently voiced their concerns – and frustrations – about the failing pipes and having to cover the costs after asking the city to completely repair the breaks, some going past property lines into the public right of way. The answer to their concerns? The city of Killeen agreed to set aside approximately $379,000 in its 2019 budget to aid homeowners with pipe failures. The city is still trying to decide on how the money the money will be used with some suggesting it only covers repairs for homeowners older than 65. Another scenario was to install maintenance lines at the property lines of every home in Killeen. A third scenario included installing “cleanouts” at the property line of every new home that is built and older homes where failures occur, heading off needed maintenance and future repairs. Finally, the council would accept responsibility for repairing lines in the public right of way and outsourcing their repairs and maintenance. All of these come at a cost, most of which are higher, if not significantly higher, than the budgeted $379,000. Continuing to grow a “contingency” fund for repairs on a discretionary basis would also require more heavy-lifting from the water-sewer fund, which is in stable health but is also a source of funding for the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce and the Killeen Economic Development Corporation. One of the major problems with determining how much control the city will take on service-line repairs is a lack of research on how other Texas cities manage this problem. Killeen’s policy is pretty much the same as its neighboring cities with some stipulations being offered such as offering aid to homeowners in extraordinary circumstances. Other cities point homeowners to a collaborative program between the National League of Cities, which represents more than 19,000 municipalities in the U.S., and Service Line Warranties of America to provide insurance for sewer and water service line relocation and repair at a...

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

Jul 18

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 America, is holding an Open House from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on July 18 – 19 at its Anaheim, Cali. facility located at 1910 E. Wright Cir. Throughout the multi-day event, company professionals will provide information about Perma-Liner and the technology the company is known for nationwide, which include the Patented Perma-Lateral Lining System, Sectional Point Repair, Perma-Main™ Continuous Lining Top Gun™ and InnerSeal™ Lateral Connection Solution. Attendees will have the opportunity to view and interact with Perma-Liner materials and equipment while also observing live demonstrations in the Anaheim facility. Additionally, the company’s turn-key trailer systems will be onsite so attendees can learn how the materials are Q/A tested and installed using Perma-Liner Installation Methods. The same certified installation methods are used by municipal agencies, drain cleaners, plumbers, and municipal contractors worldwide. During the two-day event, Perma-Liner will unveil a new technology that will join its already robust catalog of equipment and materials. This will be the first time the public will get a look at the company’s newest technology. Anyone interested in learning more about the technology, looking for a certified Perma-Liner installer, or becoming a certified installer is invited to attend. To attend, complete the registration form ### About Perma-Liner™ Industries, LLC. Perma-Liner (PLI) is the leading manufacturer and supplier of trenchless pipeline rehabilitation equipment and materials in North America. Since 1999, PLI has developed systems to rehabilitate existing sewer systems without excavation. To learn more about Perma-Liner, visit...

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Epoxy vinyl ester resin brings many advantages to CIPP industry

Jul 09

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 corrosion and performance properties. It will allow Perma-Liner to expand to new markets with its unique capabilities.” The new resin provides the corrosion resistance, durability and toughness that is required within the CIPP industry. When it comes to certain specific applications where fluid temperature is relatively higher, the resin has an advantage over epoxy. The demanding needs of many applications including high pressure and/or corrosive environments are also met with the Perma-Liner™ Vinyl Ester. Perma-Liner’s newest product’s molecular architecture delivers a number of benefits, including superior mechanical properties, excellent catalyzed pot life, and meets the requirements of California Greenbook Pickle Jar Test. There is another key benefit of the new resin: less expensive than the Epoxy...

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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 start focuses on possible solutions to curb these issues – the U.S. can get A ratings and below are some of the solutions that may get the nation where it needs to be. It starts with creating a national-level governance. Water technically has no boundaries and is very good at sometimes ignoring the municipal boundaries it does have. So what does this mean? One town’s water use or sewage can affect other cities or states that rely on the same water supply. That’s why many countries have a national water authority or commission that oversees water management across the country. The U.S. does not and we’re exactly the opposite. Our nation’s water supply is managed by individual municipalities each doing their own thing. This creates numerous hurdles to climb and makes it difficult to initiate and complete regional projects. To do almost anything, there needs to be a budget and that’s the case with water infrastructure. The government spends only two percent of its GDP on infrastructure, and water infrastructure makes up just a part of that. The U.S. is spending less than Vietnam, Mexico, and Chile. If the U.S. wants nice things, like a water infrastructure that does not fail us, then the U.S. has to be willing to pay for them. One possible solution that most do not consider is the private investor sector. Many investors are interested in investing in water-related issues, but they want to know more about the social and environmental effects their investments will have. The problem is that there are a lot of inconsistencies in how companies report these estimates. It has been suggested that investors, academics and regulators need to team up to create a standardized system of evaluating the impacts of sustainable investments. Another challenge is getting investors to understand how complex and important water is, since it affects agriculture and many...

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Dallas-Fort Worth: An Impressive Aviation History

Jul 21

Dallas-Fort Worth: An Impressive Aviation History

The city of Dallas has big plans ahead for The DFW International Airport. A project including renovations to the terminals, rehabilitations of the airfields, as well as several utility infrastructure upgrades is underway. The airport also plans to build a second end-around taxiway to help ease congestion, particularly during peak arrival and departure times during the day. The extensive improvement projects are expected to be ongoing- for up to ten years- until a full completion has been obtained. All told, the airport has approximately 360,000 linear feet of sewer pipelines and 760,000 linear feet of water lines which were built over forty years ago. Since the 1940’s, 70,000 airplanes have been built in North Texas. Their estimated economic impact, not including the infrastructure associated with them, has put $1 trillion into the local economy. One in five jobs in North Texas is aviation related-among the highest concentrations of aviation jobs in the United States- with 140,000 people working just at DFW International Airport. Sixty-three million passengers pass through Texas airports annually, with DFW alone generating $44 billion a year to the North Texas economy. Fun fact: Fort Worth Aviation Museum’s 26 warbirds span the time period from 1943 to the present. To be considered for the collection, an aircraft must meet one or more of the following collection policy criteria: The aircraft must have a relationship to aviation history in North Texas through manufacture or use. • The aircraft must be used for observation or Forward Air Controller. • The aircraft must have been utilized by Forward Air Controllers The Fort Worth Aviation Museum is a great place to learn more about the history of aeronautics! This unique museum includes exhibits and an air park of 24 airplanes. The museum hosts a celebration each year to commemorate the first powered airplane flight in Fort Worth’s...

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Arlington Makes Noteworthy Progress for Underground Infrastructures

Jun 14

Arlington Makes Noteworthy Progress for Underground Infrastructures

The University of Texas at Arlington has all hands on deck in participation of an all-encompassing, innovative sewer project. Engineers have collaborated on an underground infrastructure overhaul for sewer manholes across the city.  Currently, the University has established a cooperative to inspect hundreds of sewer manholes in an effort to detect any deterioration or erosion within these structures. Each manhole is four to five feet in diameter and can range from four to four-and-a-half feet tall. This is an important project as corrosion of the manholes can also put the sewer mains at risk, allowing rain and other runoff from the surface to enter the wastewater systems. Interestingly, there are more than 19,000 manholes citywide. The UTA project will inspect different categories, types and geographic locations of manholes in Arlington. Although the study will prioritize corrosion protection, the more important aspect of the project is to analyze the data in order to develop a system of prioritizing the remainder of the manholes. A different but equally engaging project, which preceded this effort, is the inspection of miles of sewer pipeline with the use of a robot. Interesting fact: The DFW Airport encompasses roughly 17,000 acres of land. It turns out that the land the airport sits on is larger than the island of Manhattan. DFW Airport is also making strides on behalf of the environment by becoming the first airport in North America to achieve carbon neutral status. The city has also installed water-saving plumbing fixtures in the airport restrooms, thereby saving over 5 million gallons of water each month. Dallas, Perma-Liner Industries would like to invite you to our exciting summer event! If you missed our Open House this month in California, no worries! Come to our Delaware Open House next month! Stay tuned for all of the details. It’s taking place from July 18th-20th. We want to see you there, and as always, we’ll have our experienced crew demonstrating equipment and all the latest in CIPP. Make a plan to attend and see you...

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Dallas Maintains Sewer Integrity and Material Recycling Initiatives

Apr 10

Dallas Maintains Sewer Integrity and Material Recycling Initiatives

Many Dallas communities are now developing strategies for various means of recycling and composting, in order to limit waste. Many of these techniques are performed by individuals and citizens of the community. Alternatively, it takes a more in-depth process to address composting large amounts of landscape waste. The city has incorporated regional programs in response to neighborhood needs. Several means of composting have been implemented, which will accompany other resourceful projects, designed to further the initiative. The city has relied on data from local neighborhoods as a means of outlining and demonstrating the most effective approach in landscape waste management. In doing so, residents have also become more aware of best practices for the integrity of the sewer systems. Recently, the city opened a brand new, one-of-a-kind, Materials Recycling Facility. The system was designed with the city’s goal in mind of getting closer to zero-waste by the year 2040. With the successful processing of over 1,000 tons of material in the first two weeks opening, the new facility will be an effective tool to meet the sustainable intent. The facility processes more than 250 tons of recyclable material each day and will process and recycle approximately 5,000 tons of materials every month. The facility will accept all single stream material from the city of Dallas and the city of University Park. Dallas, are you looking for a safe, reliable plumber known for quality workmanship? Look no further. Perma-Liner Industries is pleased to bring to you another highly qualified, certified installer. Ardent Plumbing and Mechanical offers many local services including plumbing fixture installation and repair. This team of professionals has the experience and reputation you are looking for and are located right here in the Dallas area. Call them today to schedule a pipeline inspection and discuss all of your plumbing needs:...

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