Industry Trends: The Rising Costs of Crumbling Water and Wastewater Infrastructure and How RJN Can Offer Sustainable Solutions, Part I
The Rising Costs
Recently, negligence and possible misconduct of Flint government officials concerning the lead poisoning of that Michigan city’s water supply has brought crumbling infrastructure to the national spotlight. But this is not an isolated incident; every day, additional infrastructure problems and subsequent neglect are discovered in more and more cities across the U.S.
RJN Group, Inc., knows this too well, having been evaluating, studying, designing, and rehabilitating collection system pipelines for the last 40 years. Fortunately, from our perspective, there is no shortage of engineering workforce, talent, and solutions; unfortunately, on the other hand, there is a lack of funding in the industry to meet the dire needs of the crumbling infrastructure. … Read the rest
RJN Group, Inc. has yet another option for manhole inspection in its growing portfolio of evaluative tools: It is called Panoramo SI, offered by IBAK, and it proves to be very helpful due to its technologically advanced capabilities.
As RJN rolled out this IBAK camera for manhole inspections in Fort Smith, Arkansas, crews quickly became familiar with the easy-to-use scanning system while building speed and production numbers. On the office side, manhole images coming in for coding are extremely clear and detailed, allowing office staff to quickly provide accurate NASSCO MACP, Level 2 inspections to the client. Soon RJN will be expanding usage of this technology to other upcoming projects, including Jefferson, Arkansas, and COSA stormwater (City of San Antonio, Texas).… Read the rest
The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati is the publicly-operated wastewater utility serving 43 out of 49 Hamilton County, Ohio political subdivisions, as well as parts of the three adjacent counties of Butler, Clermont, and Warren. It has a ratepayer base of approximately 230,000 residential and commercial users and operates seven major wastewater treatment plants and more than 120 pump stations. MSD provides sewerage collection and treatment services to an area covering approximately more than 290 square miles, containing over 200,000 separate sewer connections which tie into approximately 3,000 miles of sanitary and combined sewers.
To optimize its capital improvement program and maintain the highest level of customer service, MSD initiated a comprehensive enterprise asset management solution aimed at getting the most for its investment. … Read the rest
Both Zach Matyja and Cathy Morley Will Be Presenting at WATERCON 2016
During WATERCON 2016, RJN’s own Zach Matyja, P.E., and Cathy Morley, P.E., will be presenting. The Illinois Section of the American Water Works hosts this conference and expo (WATERCON) every year to facilitate networking opportunities and idea exchanges among experts in the “total water” cycle. This year, WATERCON will take place from March 21 through March 24, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Illinois. To learn more about the event, visit https://isawwa.site-ym.com/mpage/2015conf00.
Notable WATERCON 2016 Presentations by RJN Experts
During the 2016 Joint Conference of the Missouri Water Environment Association (MWEA) and the Missouri Section of the American Water Works Association (MO-AWWA), four RJN associates will be presenting—Elizabeth Aguin, Margaret Fryer, Jeff King, and Thomas Inman. In addition to presenting, the four will also be hosting a booth at the conference—Booth #47. The Joint Conference will be taking place from March 20 to March 23, 2016, at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach, Missouri. To learn more about the event, visit http://awwa-mo.org.
Notable Tuesday Presentations
“The Influence of Record Rains on Sanitary Sewer Collection Systems”
1:15 to 2:05 PM, Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Elizabeth Aguin, P.E., and Margaret Fryer
Discussion of the month of May in 2015, when Texas experienced its wettest month in state history.… Read the rest