Kansas City’s Bright Idea for Manhole Covers

Jun 21

Kansas City’s Bright Idea for Manhole Covers

Kansas City has come up with a very creative and clever project for manhole covers. These newly designed covers are capturing the attention of many as they walk through the city. The project consists of 100 intricately designed covers, scattered strategically throughout the city. From inception, the idea was to foster a sense of environmental consciousness and accountability. The new design is meant to remind the community to refrain from putting trash down the storm drains as many of them lead to rivers, streams and creeks. This month, Kansas City Water Services installed the final two new storm drain covers in a neighborhood at 74th and Lydia. The new design is a result of a contest held two years ago. More than 50 people, of varying ages, submitted entries and two winners worked together on the final design. The new manhole covers are as cost effective as the older ones with minimal expense as there are 50,000 storm drains in the city. The new manhole covers have been put in high traffic areas such as the Power and Light District, and Kauffman Stadium. This will incite a likelihood of visibility, as well as awareness. Water Services are saving the old storm drain covers and will use them as replacements when one gets damaged or destroyed. Interesting fact: Did you know the 909 Walnut building is on the National Registry of Historic Buildings and is a treasured sight on Kansas City’s skyline? Originally built in 1931, the renovation of the 35-story building has turned this historic and unique piece of architecture into a modernized luxury with residences and office space creating a vibrant downtown area. Coming soon: Perma-Liner Industries is busy making plans for you. We’re planning a “Trenchless Tour” on July 27th in the New England area. We’ll be posting more information on this spectacular event…stay...

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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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Kansas City Offers Sewer Line Warranty Program

Apr 25

Kansas City Offers Sewer Line Warranty Program

Recently, Kansas City began offering coverage to homeowners for outside water or sewer line repairs, through a service line warranty program. In light of recent water line breaks, the city was intent on establishing an affordable protection plan for homeowners. Thereby, avoiding the expense of such repairs on their property. Many cities have followed suit, realizing the value of this type of program.  More than 270 cities in 34 states are now offering this service. Typically, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover repairs to a broken or collapsed line. While sewer clogs are the main concern for most homeowners, it can become a pricey undertaking if you reside in an established neighborhood with older homes, particularly from around 63rd Street to the Missouri River. These homes have galvanized steel water lines, which are prone to tree roots entering through their joints and clogging the lines. The lines are not nearly as long-lasting as copper lines. In such cases, water line coverage is equally or more important. Homeowners are likely to think of cost-cutting solutions. That’s one reason more than 12,000 Kansas City families have signed up for the city’s program. This coverage is provided at a reasonable cost, making repairs less expensive and troubling. You can recruit the assistance of one of Perma-Liner Industries certified, highly qualified, plumbers to unclog a line at your residence. Sewer coverage can cost approximately $73 annually. If you opt for combined coverage, the cost is approximately $47 more annually. Additionally, there is no waiting period with the city program, which is sometimes the case with similar, more expensive plans. 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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Hutchinson’s Sewer Maintenance Division: A Look Inside

Apr 08

Hutchinson’s Sewer Maintenance Division: A Look Inside

Do you ever wonder what tasks your Sewer Maintenance Department perform and how it operates? The city of Hutchinson, for instance, has a staff of 11 people who are responsible for keeping infrastructures maintained and working properly. The specific tasks include taking customer’s requests, construction maintenance, cleaning maintenance, inspections and evaluations of the sewer systems. Maintenance activities include inspection, cleaning, flushing, and repairs of the approximately 240 miles of sewer lines and over 5,200 manholes. The majority of the city is served by gravity sewer lines ranging in pipe size from 6 to 48 inches in diameter. The majority of the sewer pipe is 8-inch diameter and is typically considered to have a lower volume of water. Sometimes there is not enough water discharged by homes and businesses to keep solids and debris flowing downstream. The Sewer Maintenance division cleaning crews use the flush trucks to flush water into the sanitary system through the manholes. There are approximately 70 miles of storm sewer pipes and well over 3,000 manholes, inlets, and catch basins to maintain. The construction maintenance crew has 2 main responsibilities: repair and replace existing sanitary lines, repair and replace existing manholes. On occasion, they install short segments of new sanitary sewers for city owned projects. The construction maintenance crew’s responsibilities are basically the same as they are for the sanitary sewers… repair and replace existing storm pipe, basin, and inlet infrastructure. The construction crews use their wide variety of skills in the same manner to complete repairs and replacement of storm infrastructure. Using equipment such as backhoes and skid steers, reading blueprints, determining and maintaining grades or elevations, carpentry, laying brick, and pouring concrete are just a few of the skills.  It takes teamwork, dedication and know-how to keep the sewer systems operating efficiently. Save the Dates: Perma-Liner Industries has a lineup of events for you to attend!  All are invited to come to one, or if you’re adventurous, all of our LIVE DEMOS coming up in April and May. You can go to www.perma-liner.com to register and find out more but first…here are the dates and locations to save: We’ll be in Seattle April 27th, Chicago May 4th and Philadelphia May 18th. You can expect...

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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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Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is the Top!

Feb 04

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is the Top!

There are many fascinating and historic state parks in Missouri. For a rigorous outing and a scenic adventure, consider visiting Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. It is the top, both figuratively and literally as the park’s 7,500 acres include the highest point in the state! Located in the St. Francois Mountains, the park’s hickory forests and rocky glades provide a beautiful, solitary experience for hikers and explorers. The Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail is 35 miles long and runs through the heart of the ancient St. Francois Mountains. One of the most popular and scenic portions of the Taum Sauk Section is the 14.5 miles between Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. This rugged portion of trail through two state parks winds across mountains of oak-hickory woodland dotted with shortleaf pine trees, and bluffs. The hike at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park begins on Mina Sauk Falls Trail with steep rocky climbs on high rock “steps” that take hikers past the tallest waterfall in Missouri. Soon after passing the falls, Ozark Trail continues down the valley while Mina Sauk Fall Trail loops back up the mountain. One mile below the falls, on Ozark Trail, lies an 8-foot-wide passage through 50 feet of volcanic rock standing 30 feet high. The trail continues on to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park with several creek crossings. Remember to pack your camera and your courage! Kansas City residents, did you know that recently the city was issued revenue bonds at a low interest rate of 3.01 percent, which will enable the Water Department to perform $162.769 million in much needed wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout the city? These bonds will be used to fund wastewater treatment, collection systems, pump station improvements, as well as projects related to the federally-mandated Overflow Control...

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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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