Kansas City takes the City by Storm (And Storm Drain)

Jun 26

Kansas City takes the City by Storm (And Storm Drain)

Kansas City has been busy revamping the sewer mains and pipelines in order to thwart the problematic sewer overflows. Before this, a comprehensive water main replacement program was launched which included a detailed plan. Mainly, to keep the 2,800-mile water main matrix working up to better standards. In years’ past, the city had experienced over 1800 water main breaks. Currently, the program is anticipating the replacement of the sewer pipelines in a process time of up to 30 miles a year. Due to drought concerns, the city is also keeping water-saving tactics at the forefront of this initiative. In conjunction with addressing water main stability, the additional sewer rehabilitation project is well underway. Did you know that the city uses dye, or essentially food coloring, to test the efficiency of the sewer system? This is done on a daily basis to prevent sewer overflows and basement backups. Interestingly, red dye is used to confirm the location of a service line to a property. Green is used for cave-ins and sinkholes and also in storm drains, which may lead to a common sighting of green dye in the local stream or creek. Sewer advisory just in…the city has alerted residents in the area near 200 W. 94th Street of a sewer overflow.  At the time of the incident, the overflow was ongoing and spilling less than one-half gallon per minute. The manhole and sewer are located on the bank of Dyke Branch Creek.  Wastewater has entered the creek but has been contained by repair and bypass pumping. Kansas City, 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 July18th-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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Kansas City Overflows Must Go- Taking Action to Improve the Sewer System

May 03

Kansas City Overflows Must Go- Taking Action to Improve the Sewer System

Kansas City is in the midst of recovering from floods due to severe rain events, as well as rehabilitating the water infrastructures that have given way to leaks and fractures in the sewer pipelines. For the last several years, there have been ongoing repairs and replacement programs for the purpose of bringing an unstable system back up to date. In addition to this, the city is also proceeding with a massive overhaul to the water mains that have fallen into a state of disrepair. Neighborhoods, more specifically, residences near North Brighton Ave and North Highland Ave are one of many areas that have concluded the replacement of their water mains. Some dating back to the late 1800’s, with the majority of pipelines dating back over sixty years ago, will be included in a multibillion-dollar sewer overhaul program. Homes built in the 1950’s in low-lying areas, now experience flooding from both rushing rain water and infiltration of that water from the storm pipes to the sanitary sewer lines. Some residents have experienced sewer backups in basements and have installed grinder pumps as a means to stop water from entering their homes. Older homes have rain gutters or other storm drains connected directly to the sewer line. Additionally, Instead of allowing the excess water to back up into streets and basements, an old-age tactic was to build overflow valves that divert some of the untreated flow into the nearest waterway. While these practices have become obsolete and are no longer accepted, rehabilitating the century-old sewer lines is a vital measure in assuaging sewer overflows. A combination of the rehabilitation projects and modifications to pumps and operating procedures have resulted in a significant reduction in sewer overflows due to inflow and infiltration. Contact Perma-Liner Industries for any of your local cured-in-place-pipelining system needs!...

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Kansas City Goes Above and Beyond For Water Quality

May 16

Kansas City Goes Above and Beyond For Water Quality

Kansas City has begun the largest green infrastructure project to date for the city. The substantial 10-acre, $30 Million investment is located at 81st and Troost. This is an all-encompassing community initiative to keep stormwater out of the combined sewer system, as well as, provide a cleaner environment for Kansas City neighborhoods. The 10-acre site will likely be scheduled for additional investments such as a space for public meetings and a community garden. The 81st and Troost project is one of three areas receiving infrastructure improvements. Construction is also underway at Arletta Park and will soon begin at Rachel Morado. These projects are part of Kansas City’s Overflow Control Program- a 25-year, federally mandated effort to reduce sewer overflows and improve water quality. Work on all three areas is anticipated to be complete by December 2017. Another imaginative project in which the city sought the help of community artists, was the creation of 100 artistically designed storm drain manhole covers. The attention-getting new design is intended for residents to understand that the trash and car fluids that end up on the ground, the fertilizer that washes off of our lawns, goes down into the rivers, creeks and streams. It reminds all who pass by to be mindful about what goes into the storm drains. Recently, the city launched a design contest for local artists to create a water quality message that would ring true with the public. The winning design features a turtle, fish, and frog-along with an embossed message “Think: Protect Your Water, Protect Our Home”. The manhole cover design fosters water quality awareness and serves as an impetus for the safekeeping of the environment. The new covers will be placed strategically throughout Kansas City. Certified Installers take note: Perma-Liner Industries would like to invite you to our Refresher Training (Perma-Lateral™ specific) that will take place on July 12th and 13th at our Clearwater facility!! Please plan on attending. Register by calling 1-866-336-2568 or Click Here! See you...

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Protecting Sewer Systems with Alternatives

Mar 07

Protecting Sewer Systems with Alternatives

Kansas City is known for having an abundance of beautiful fountains, enough to match the allure of well-known cities in Europe. But with an aging combined sanitary sewer and storm water sewer systems throughout much of the urban core, there are many problems caused by increased storm water runoff during heavy rainstorms. The city has faced the growing need to address and reduce the burden caused by increased storm water runoff. With the need to explore other solutions, the city is setting an agenda to use alternative resolutions to off-set storm water runoff.  In combination with the traditional functioning of concrete pipes and tanks, the goal is to meet the overall required capacity needed for acceptable storm water management systems. Kansas City’s Overflow Control Plan will be actualized over a period of 25 years and cost an estimated $2.4 billion. It has been designed to meet regulatory requirements established by the Environmental Protection Agency and Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources to reduce and prevent sewer overflows. When this project is complete, there will be a reduction of approximately 88% of the current number of overflows throughout the entire city. The effective use of green solutions can reduce the size and cost of more customary solutions, which includes concrete pipes used to move storm water offsite and towards the wastewater treatment plant. Another noteworthy strategy will be the introduction of curb extensions, which have been added on several side streets within the city.  The purpose is to reduce the quantity of water flowing into the intersections, and similarly, reduce the amount of runoff going into the storm sewer...

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Kansas City’s Approach to Improved Sewer System

Jan 12

Kansas City’s Approach to Improved Sewer System

Kansas City sits at the junction of the Kansas and Missouri rivers and is part of a metropolitan area that extends into the state of Kansas. Like those of many older cities in the United States, Kansas City’s sewer systems are aging. Each year, combined sewer overflows discharge 6.5 billion gallons of untreated effluent, and sanitary sewer overflows discharge another 100 million gallons. During large storms, these systems can become overwhelmed by excess water, causing flow volume and bacteria levels to impact surrounding water quality.  This causes the sewer systems to reach their conveyance capacity. The result is the likelihood of sewer backup and localized flood events.  Recently, as part of a Clean Water Act settlement, Kansas City entered into a consent decree with the U.S. EPA to eliminate all discharges from its sanitary sewer system and reduce discharges from combined sewer overflows by 5.4 billion gallons per year by 2025, at an estimated cost of $2.5 billion. Kansas City identified funding as the primary obstacle to improved storm water management and water quality, and reported a need to implement innovative approaches and solutions that combine local, state, and federal funding. Both a storm water fee and a dedicated sales tax exist to fund the city’s storm water services. Kansas City, SAVE THE DATE!! Perma-Liner Industries cordially invites you to the annual WWETT show! The Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show is happening on February 17th– 20th at the Indiana Convention Center.  You can expect to be well informed with hundreds of exhibits, educational sessions, entertainment, networking, and live demonstrations. Meet you there! Convention Center 100 South Capitol Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46225 U.S.A. This is the largest annual trade show of its kind, the WWETT Show attracts some 14,000 environmental service professionals and exhibitor personnel from 53 countries. Register now and...

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Kansas City Uses Collaboration to Reduce Sewer Overflow

Dec 04

Kansas City Uses Collaboration to Reduce Sewer Overflow

Kansas City Water Services is leading the city’s sustainable initiative for the Overflow Control Program and the long-term plan for the utility.  Collaboration among various city departments has enabled the strategic allocation of city resources that will further enhance the community investment in green infrastructure solutions. In addition to pooling municipal resources to enhance the city’s existing green infrastructure investment, the city has worked to assist community leaders to request public funding for enhancements to neighborhood curbs and sidewalks which will provide safe connections for pedestrians and bicyclists in the community. The Overflow Control Program represents the largest infrastructure investment in the history of Kansas City.  Kansas City has allocated more than $68 million for the installation of green infrastructure projects.  This year, Kansas City is also scheduled to release an innovative technology initiative that will enable the city to capitalize on the investment made as part of the Overflow Control Program. This investment is already proving to be successful, both in the reduction of combined sewer overflows and in strengthening the local community. Kansas City, Perma-liner Industries has some exciting information that must be shared now as time is of the essence! It’s the Section 179 Deduction. This allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves. Still reading this?? Give us a call so we can offer you our very best products and services now.  1-866-336-2568/ www.perma-liner.com. Section 179 is one of the few incentives included in any of the recent Stimulus Bills that actually helps small...

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