America’s Failing Water Infrastructure: There are Ways We Can Begin to Fix It

Jun 06

America’s Failing Water Infrastructure: There are Ways We Can Begin to Fix It

There are many variables threatening America’s water from pollution issues and aging infrastructure to raising costs and droughts and rainfall patterns as the climate changes. The U.S. used to be a leader when it came to water infrastructure and management. Now, the U.S. is lagging behind receiving D ratings for dams, drinking water and wastewater. It’s time to...

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The City Of Alton Presses On to Regenerate Vital Infrastructure

Jun 12

The City Of Alton Presses On to Regenerate Vital Infrastructure

For many years before Chicago and its suburbs opened treatment plants, sewage drained into the Mississippi River. A lot has changed since then and many facilities are doing more than repairing or replacing aging equipment. Many are also implementing new ammonia and phosphorus standards. The city of Alton is making these impressive upgrades, as well as increasing the...

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Sewer Work Advisory for Chicago and Suburb

Feb 25

Sewer Work Advisory for Chicago and Suburb

An extensive infrastructure project on Elgin’s northeast side will rehab streets that are deteriorating, such as part of Plum Street.  Plum, St. John and adjacent side streets were largely developed in the late 1800s, with the sewer and water mains most likely dating back to the 1920s – 1940s.  Tasks that are being renovated include replacing curb and...

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The Tunnel Story Named TARP

Jan 27

The Tunnel Story Named TARP

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRD’s) Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP), also known as “Deep Tunnel,” is a series of deep, large diameter tunnels and vast reservoirs. The main goals of TARP are to reduce flooding and to improve water quality in nearby rivers and streams.  In the 1800s, when raw sewage in the Chicago River...

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Dozer Park Multi Faceted Sewer System

Aug 11

Dozer Park Multi Faceted Sewer System

The quaint Illinois City of Peoria is home to the impressive Dozer Park and with the summer here, there are a multitude of options for baseball fans and anyone who wants to spend some quality time outdoors. Did you know that the Park has 8″ sod mixture, 90% of which is sand? Underneath that “well played” idea is 6′ of gravel with drainage tiles that...

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Alton School Gets New Pipeline

Jul 21

Alton School Gets New Pipeline

The City of Alton is working both smart and hard.  The school district, in conjunction with the City, has begun a sewer refurbishing project at an area school parking lot. Not only is the project paramount, with the children out of school (happy are they!) it is smart timing.  The hard part will be the extensive labor involved in such a feat and the patience...

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