Category: Water and Wastewater

Building It Right: State-of-the-Art Wastewater Treatment Plant in Escambia County, Fla.

Planning for a new wastewater treatment plant in Pensacola, Fla., had already begun when Hurricane Ivan hit in 2004. But that planning accelerated after Ivan’s Category 3 winds pummeled the area, knocked out operations at the city’s downtown wastewater treatment plant and caused untreated sewage to flow in the streets with Ivan’s storm surge.

ECUA’s response to the hurricane is now the state-of-the-art Central Water Reclamation Facility (CWRF), which began operations in August 2010.

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More Than a Century-Old Pipeline Demonstrates Sustainability of Iron Pipe

Roads and bridges, airports, energy systems – all are types of infrastructure that we depend on daily to bring functionality to our lives. Yet one of these infrastructures, concrete roadway, lasts, on average, just half our lifetime before becoming worn, riddled with potholes and in need of resurfacing. Hidden beneath our feet, however, is a durable product that plays a more vital role than all of these combined: Gray cast iron and ductile iron pipe make up roughly two-thirds of the nation’s water infrastructure, and they often last hundreds of years.

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AMERICAN Valves and Hydrants Support New Transmission Lines in Oklahoma City

Following extensive improvements at the Draper Water Treatment Plant, four miles of AMERICAN 48-inch ductile iron pipe were installed to increase water transmission and distribution. That was the first of four pipeline construction phases totaling roughly 16 miles of new 48-inch pipelines planned to be installed between the Draper Plant and the still-developing water distribution network outside Oklahoma City. AMERICAN also supplied valves and fire hydrants that were installed in conjunction with the first four miles of pipeline.

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AMERICAN Ductile Iron Pipe Protects the Environment in South Florida

The $50 million Lake Region Water Treatment Plant allowed three cities to end their reliance on Lake Okeechobee as a water source, providing relief to the lake in drought conditions. The Lake Region facility is located in western Palm Beach County and has a production capacity of 10 million gallons per day. Drawing water from the Upper Floridan aquifer instead of Lake Okeechobee, it serves Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay, eliminating or reducing future withdrawals from the lake by those communities.

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