Category: Water and Wastewater

AMERICAN Valve and Pipe Groups Join Forces to Serve the Citizens of Eastern Pennsylvania

Together, AMERICAN Flow Control and AMERICAN Ductile Iron Pipe are providing a complete package of valves, hydrants and pipe for a new waterline to serve the eastern Pennsylvania communities of North Wales and Chalfont Borough. The new waterline will provide a secondary water supply for both the North Wales Water Authority (NWWA) and neighboring North Penn Water Authority from the NWWA’s Forest Park Treatment Plant located in Chalfont Borough, Bucks County.

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How Does the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act Impact AMERICAN Flow Control Product?

On January 4, 2011, the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was signed into federal law. It will go into effect January 4, 2014. In general, the federal law does not apply to the gate valves and fire hydrants manufactured by AMERICAN Flow Control. However, as of January 1, 2013, all resilient wedge gate valves and check valves manufactured by AMERICAN Flow Control meet the requirements of the new legislation.

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Aging Water Infrastructure Highlights Need for Investment

In Daly City, Calif., an 8-inch cast iron pipe installed in the 1930s breaks, sending 45,000 gallons of water downhill and damaging houses and vehicles. In a suburb of Washington, D.C., a 54-inch concrete cylinder pipe fails, threatening to leave an estimated 200,000 residents without water for days. In Cherokee County, Ga., a 20-foot section of PVC pipe splits, creating a sink hole.

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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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