All across our nation, 2013 was a year during which extreme weather never seemed to take a break. It started with the northeast still recovering from Snowicane Sandy, and the disasters only mounted from there. Blizzards, downpours, floods, and November tornadoes would all top headlines before the year was out, and two months into 2014, the U.S. has already suffered a severe drought, an early wildfire season, and multiple visits from something called a polar vortex.
In November 2013, we posted an article that was written covering the City of Hot Springs efforts in addressing and correcting deficiencies in their wastewater system under a Consent Administrative Order (CAO). The article also describes the Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Study (SSES) that is being performed by RJN Group.
The City recently released a terrific informative video that will visually tell you the story of their efforts as well.
Safety for Cold Weather
This winter has been brutal and that is putting it mildly. Even though the temperatures are at record setting lows and the snow is piling up to heights well above our vehicles, RJN field crews still need to get out there to perform field investigations for our clients.
To prepare our field crews for the cold weather (and at times Arctic Blasts), we stock every field vehicle with an emergency kit, blankets, and hand warmers. Each crew member is supplied with snow pants, winter jackets, winter coveralls, latex coated winter gloves, and full face masks.
We don’t stop at just providing the crews with the right materials.… Read the rest
The American Public Works Association (APWA) Chicago Metro Chapter Suburban Branch recently recognized RJN’s Atrium Force Main Replacement Project with the City of Elmhurst as the Project of the Year Award Winner in the Environment Less than $5 Million Category.
The Elmhurst Atrium Force Main Replacement Project was the design and trenchless construction of 1,350 feet of sanitary forcemain in Eldridge Park, a former landfill. The City of Elmhurst had experienced numerous breaks on an 8” diameter 6,500 foot sanitary forcemain adjacent to Salt Creek, a major tributary of the Des Plaines River. With enforcement action from Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), the City was faced with the task of replacing the forcemain within two years.… Read the rest