The University of Texas Develops Trouble-Free Infrastructure Tool

Jan 30

The University of Texas Develops Trouble-Free Infrastructure Tool

The Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management at the University of Texas will develop and improve an open source water infrastructure model. This will be used as an important tool, in order to assist communities throughout the city, with issues pertaining to their water infrastructures. The city of Dallas, as well as the vast majority of cities statewide, are struggling to manage flooding and pollution from storm water runoff, and climate change. The University’s mission is to demonstrate how neighborhoods can utilize green infrastructures to combat many of the present day challenges relating to stormwater management. One of the implemented tools will consist of an interactive website; to allow for community engagement with residents who are interested in water infrastructure modeling. The focus will primarily be on cities, water, and energy, as well as the greater implementation of tools to solve more of the substantially related difficulties. The Storm Water Management Model- a water quality simulation model used throughout the world- will be the most valuable tool for planning, analysis, and design related to storm water runoff, sewers, and other drainage systems. The current difficulties range from water losses due to leaks in decaying infrastructure, to the public health hazards of contamination. Interesting fact: Dallas did you know? Residents can estimate monthly water charges- based on the amount of gallons you expect to consume for the month- using an online calculator. This will be based on a 30-day billing cycle. Your actual residential water charges may vary depending on any rate changes. If you have an account with more than one meter, you will need to run the calculator for each meter. An example of use: if you want to estimate the cost of 5,000 gallons of water, enter 50 in the designated space; if you want to estimate 10,000 gallons, enter...

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Arlington is on a Roll with Sewer Robots

Jun 13

Arlington is on a Roll with Sewer Robots

The city of Arlington has come up with an ingenious way to keep tabs on water quality. Along with the University of Texas at Arlington, the city has collaborated on the use of robots for sewers. The cost to the city is expected to be less than half the cost of hiring a complete service to run a robot and interpret the data. A floating robot will be equipped with a high-definition video camera, a laser to scan the concrete pipe above the water line and sonar to scan below. It will be pulled through the pipes on a cable. The city has 1,222 miles of sewer pipe, but the robot’s workplace will be 48 miles of the largest concrete pipes, which range from 24 inches to 66 inches in diameter. The deployment of robotic technology is also a means to cut water loss. The robot, equipped with a high-resolution camera and special sensors, will be designed to detect leaks and flaws in pipe that can’t be seen from above ground. The city is currently seeking to determine whether the entire section of the 30-year-old water main should be replaced at an estimated $1 million or spot repairs could be made for less. This project will have several phases, including traditional infrastructure upgrades. Costs will also be reduced through more timely repairs and reduction of emergency situations. Interesting fact: the city of Arlington is requesting of residents using rain barrels, to use containers specifically designed as rain barrels. In lieu of buckets, garbage cans or other homemade containers. Other suggestions include: • Be sure to always remove the water that pools at the top of the rain barrel at least once or twice a week. • If possible, place your rain barrel on a surface that will soak up any water that overflows so it doesn’t pool and create a mosquito habitat. • Regularly inspect your rain barrel system. Check for cracks or...

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San Antonio’s Water System and Discount Programs

Jan 08

San Antonio’s Water System and Discount Programs

San Antonio’s water and wastewater infrastructure is the massive system of pipes, water wells, pumps, storage tanks, treatment facilities, and pump stations that is mostly below ground. The city has more than 9,000 miles of water and sewer mains buried below the 560-square miles that San Antonio Water System serves – enough to stretch from South Texas to Australia. San Antonio Water System offers an Affordability Discount to its low-income residential customers who meet the income eligibility requirements. The discount will range from $3.63 to $14.35 per month. The amount of discount a customer receives is based upon the household size, household income and type of service provided. The Affordability Discount will be effective from the date of certification for two years. Customers who are certified to receive the discount this year will be required to recertify their income and family size prior to receiving the discount in future years. There are also other programs, such as the Water Saver Landscape coupon and educational programs that reach out to all area residents. Interesting fact: Did you know water pressure within the San Antonio service area can range from 35 to 175 pounds? High pressure can be controlled by a pressure-reducing valve (PRV) installed on the property owner’s side of the water meter. Dallas & Houston, SAVE THE DATE!!  Perma-Liner cordially invites you to an Event you won’t want to miss! Coming to Dallas, March 20th-24th is the NASTT No-Dig show. NASTT’s No-Dig Show is the largest trenchless technology conference in North America, where professionals attend to learn new techniques that will save money and improve infrastructure. Come and meet our staff and watch demonstrations of the latest pipeline technology. We’ll meet and greet you and answer all of the questions you have about our service and products. Meet you there! Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center 1501 Gaylord Trail Grapevine, TX...

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Annual Conservation Contest for Children

Dec 02

Annual Conservation Contest for Children

Dallas Water Conservation offers several contests every year for Dallas children. The Elementary School Poster Contest, Middle School T-shirt Contest and High School Visual Arts Contest are held during the school year and are open to all City of Dallas students in any school district, private school or those who may be home-schooled, if they are in grades 1st through 12th. All contests have prizes and recognition for the winners.  All entries must have the official theme in their artwork to be eligible. The 2016 theme is “Water Conservation, Less Means More!” Entry deadline for all contests is Friday, March 11, 2016.  Artwork must visually demonstrate the importance of saving water.  Artwork will be judged on creativity, originality, artistic merit, and adherence to guidelines and criteria. •Creativity: How well the artwork communicates the 2016 theme: “Water Conservation, Less Means More!” and the water conservation message. •Originality: Artwork should creatively reflect the idea or concept chosen to illustrate water conservation with as little repetition of pre-existing ideas as possible. •Artistic Merit: How well the different elements or components come together as a whole. •Adherence to Guidelines: Entries must follow all guidelines or the submission will be disqualified. Here are a few good tips for water conservation: Take shorter showers – five minutes or less. Try to save even more by turning the water on to get wet; then turn it off to lather up and finally turning it back on to rinse off. Think about other ways to use water before letting it go down the drain. Perhaps watering a plant or rinsing something that needs cleaning. Avoid water toys that need a constant stream of water. Remind your parents that grass only needs one inch of water every five to seven days to stay healthy and...

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Hewitt’s Long Term Capital Improvement Plan

Oct 13

Hewitt’s Long Term Capital Improvement Plan

Hewitt City Council is issuing more than $8.5 million in certificates of obligation for water and wastewater repairs that will require an increase to residents’ water and sewer rates. Without previous rate adjustments, the city was unable to put away funds for capital improvements, leaving major damage to the water and wastewater infrastructure.  About $3.8 million of that total is a required payment to the Waco Metropolitan Area Regional Sewerage System for its $42 million capital improvement project.  The city is a part of the regional system, a joint wastewater treatment effort among the cities of Bellmead, Hewitt, Lacy Lakeview, Lorena, Robinson, Waco and Woodway. The projects included have been on the city’s long-term capital improvements plan.  Proposed work includes about $150,000 to decommission the aging Dane Lift Station; about $1.7 million for Interstate 35 waterline improvements; $130,000 for a sewer line extension; $580,000 to replace the sewer line near Travis Lake and Oklahoma Avenue; $1.6 million to remove the aging Conventry Lift Station; and $650,000 to replace the Black Diamond Lift Station. Reminder Hewitt residents: On October 17th the Brush and Bulk collection site will be open to drop off large amounts of brush or large items like stumps, old chairs, etc. Each person will have to provide a current Hewitt water bill. Dallas, Perma-Liner Industries has great news!   We’ve got a profit making powerhouse in our inventory and it’s our 22 foot Perma-Main™ Top Gun Trailer system.  Training is included with this package deal and it’s our best ‘turn-key’ solution we have for you to replace a conventional dig.  This impressive system can rehabilitate 6”-10” diameter pipelines. It also comes with a zero down, no payment for 90 days offer.  Call us or go online to find out more. 1-866-336-2568 or...

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