Infrastructure In The News

Freeze-thaw Cycle Causing Increase in Water Main Breaks

-Jan. 9th, 2018

As posted in The Toronto Star

This year’s early cold snap is finally fading, but as the temperatures shift, so do the pipes in the ground, causing disastrous breakages and damage to roads.

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As Disparity in Water Rates Persists, Cook County Board Searches for Answers

-Jan. 9th, 2018

As posted in The Chicago Tribune

In an effort to tackle the wide disparity in water rates and high levels of water loss across the Chicago region, a Cook County Board of Commissioners panel on Tuesday heard from local leaders whose communities are plagued by crumbling infrastructure and soaring bills.

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Better Drinking Water Infrastructure for Toronto Residents – 17 Kilometres of Watermain to be Upgraded Across Toronto

-Sept. 13, 2017

The governments of Canada, Ontario and the City of Toronto are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect waterways and preserve local ecosystems, while also laying the foundation for new economic opportunities to strengthen the middle class across the province.

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Ventia Introduces the Future of Water Main Renewal to Australia

-Sept. 8, 2017

As posted in Trenchless International

Sanexen’s structural liner for drinking water mains, Aqua-Pipe, has made its way to Australia and been used in the ground-breaking pipeline rehabilitation for a local water utility. The project was completed by local services company Ventia, who has the exclusive rights to Aqua-Pipe in Australia; it is the first time a structural CIPP product has been used to reline a drinking water main in Australia.

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U.S. infrastructure gets D-plus grade in civil engineers’ report card, again

-Mar. 9, 2017

As posted in Reuters

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. infrastructure was given a near-failing grade of D-plus by an engineering association on Thursday, a repeat of a rating that could give momentum to President Donald Trump’s vow of a $1 trillion investment to rebuild everything from roads to dams.

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Trenchless Technology Canada Roundtable: The State of the Canadian Trenchless Market

-Jan. 11, 2017

Mike Kezdi, Trenchless Technology

As the federal government looks to pump more money into infrastructure improvements across the country, trenchless technologies are poised to play a pivotal role. Unfortunately, some methods are more utilized and recognized than others. In an effort to gauge where the different provinces stand in the use and acceptance of trenchless methods, Trenchless Technology Canada reached out to several leaders in the field across the country.

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Even in the Drought, America is Leaking Water

-Aug. 20, 2015

Jane Wells, CNBC

One-third of the country is in a drought, according to the federal government, affecting 95 million people. Despite the urgency, America is still losing a lot of water it still has.

For example: There are nearly a quarter-million water main breaks a year, according to the American Water Works Association. Two trillion gallons of drinkable water are lost annually due to a variety of reasons, including leaks, though that number is an educated guess. Nobody really knows for sure.

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Toronto Commits To Massive Sewer/Water “to do” List

-July 2, 2015

Peter Kenter, The Daily Commercial

Under its 10-year, $11-billion capital plan, the city’s entire water and sewer Infrastructure State of Good Repair backlog could theoretically be erased between 2015 and 2024. Much of the spending will involve the infrastructure required to move water and sewage around the city and subsequent wastewater treatment.

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CWWA Releases Public Attitudes 2015 Report

-June 3, 2015

The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), with the help of Water Canada and the Actual Media team, has released a new report titled Public Attitudes 2015. The report acts as a guidebook for communities developing communications plans around their water and wastewater services and will help bridge the gap between public opinion and the reality of our water infrastructure challenges.

For the full report please click here.

AWWA Releases State of the Water Industry Survey

-May 25, 2015

The American Water Works Association’s 2015 State of the Water Industry Report comes at a time when utilities are faced with a daunting conundrum: How to pay for more than a trillion dollars in infrastructure renewal, replacement and expansion over the next 25 years during a time of declining water sales and revenues.

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Measuring the Benefits of Trenchless

-April 24, 2015

David O’Sullivan, Trenchless Technology

Since the various trenchless methods of construction started to become accepted in the last 40 or 50 years, the industry has argued that trenchless can help society by reducing traffic impact, public disruption and the resulting devaluation of the asphalt from trench cuts.

The question always remained: How do you measure this advantage, remembering the business adage is, “If you cannot measure, you cannot manage?”

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Water Pipes Would Get Fixed With $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

-Feb. 17, 2015

Sara Jerome, Water Online

At a time of intense budget pressure at the state and federal level, one senator is calling for a massive outlay of infrastructure dollars. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, introduced a five-year, $1 trillion infrastructure bill last month. The top Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders called on lawmakers to stop neglecting infrastructure issues.

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EPA Launches Finance Center to Improve Community Water Infrastructure and Resiliency

– Jan. 21, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center today to help communities across the country improve their wastewater, drinking water and stormwater systems, particularly through innovative financing and by building resilience to climate change.

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Cities Find Tech Solution to Break Asset Management Silos

– Dec. 5, 2014

Mark McNeil, The Hamilton Spector

HAMILTON- You think you’ve got a lot on your mind?

But imagine the headaches for City of Hamilton technocrats trying to keep track of the maintenance and rehabilitative needs of 6,500 lane-kilometers of road worth $4.5 billion and 75,000 pieces of sewer and water pipe worth $10 billion.

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Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies Launches Canadian Trenchless Directory

-Dec. 2, 2014

The Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT) is pleased to announce the online Canadian Trenchless Directory – a comprehensive source of information about the Canadian Trenchless Industry.  For the full directory please click here.

Falling Apart: America’s Neglected Infrastructure

-Nov. 23, 2014

As featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes

Steve Kroft reports on why our roads, bridges, airports and rail are outdated and need to be fixed.

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As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost

– Oct. 29th, 2014

As posted on

Imagine Manhattan under almost 300 feet of water. Not water from a hurricane or a tsunami, but purified drinking water — 2.1 trillion gallons of it.

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Trenchless Technology Announces its 2014 Projects of the Year Winners for New Installation and Rehabilitation

Sep 22, 2014

As posted in Trenchless Technology Magazine.

Trenchless Technology magazine, the leading publication covering the trenchless marketplace, has announced the winners of its annual Projects of the Year for 2014. Projects are awarded in New Installation and Rehabilitation categories.

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Force Mains Are a Growing Concern

Sep. 18, 2014

As posted in Trenchless Technologies 

For most of its history, the trenchless pipe relining and inspection market has centered on gravity sewer pipes. That seems quite natural, considering the fact that the cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) process — the forerunner of trenchless relining — was engineered specifically for gravity sewers.

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2013 Municipal Buried Infrastructure Survey

Waterloo, September 5, 2014

By: The Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies

CATT is pleased to announce the results of the first Canadian Municipal Infrastructure Survey. The survey provides an overview of Canada’s water, wastewater, and storm water sectors and assesses the market conditions related to the construction, renewal and financing of water, wastewater and storm water networks.

For the full survey please click here.

8 Questions for Every Water Utility after the UCLA Water Main Break

Los Angeles, August 14, 2014

By: Ed Osann

The water and mud from the big water main break that flooded the UCLA campus in Los Angeles in late July left behind several questions that could be asked of every water supplier in the country.  Find out for yourself how vulnerable your home town’s water supply is to leaks and breaks with these eight questions.

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