Houston’s Sewers and Sinkholes: A Cause for Concern

Jul 07

Houston’s Sewers and Sinkholes: A Cause for Concern

The nearby Houston city of Dayton recently required emergency repairs to a collapsed sewer line. Sinkholes have also emerged with both largely attributed to soil conditions, excessive rainfall after a prolonged drought and high ground water. These factors, and in some cases the age of the pipeline, result in unstable ground conditions causing the line to become...

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Arlington is on a Roll with Sewer Robots

Jun 13

Arlington is on a Roll with Sewer Robots

The city of Arlington has come up with an ingenious way to keep tabs on water quality. Along with the University of Texas at Arlington, the city has collaborated on the use of robots for sewers. The cost to the city is expected to be less than half the cost of hiring a complete service to run a robot and interpret the data. A floating robot will be equipped with a...

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Baytown Sewer Lateral Replacement Program

Nov 17

Baytown Sewer Lateral Replacement Program

The Residential Sewer Line Repair and Replacement Program is sponsored by the City of Baytown.  The Program is funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  The goal of this Program is to assist residents in the cost of repairing or replacing decayed sewer lines on private residential properties.  The improvements are necessary to reduce the inflow...

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New Braunfels Creative (Drought Tolerant) Landscaping Contest

Oct 28

New Braunfels Creative (Drought Tolerant) Landscaping Contest

A drought tolerant landscape consists of plants that require very little water, or no water at all. There is a surprisingly large number of trees, plants and shrubs that fit this bill.  The New Braunfels Utility has come up with a very creative conservation effort, appropriately named, the Drought Tolerant Landscape Contest.  If you have a great landscape that...

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Duncanville’s Cross Connection Control program

Sep 29

Duncanville’s Cross Connection Control program

The purpose of a Cross Connection Control Program is to identify potential cross connections on the public water system and require that the proper backflow prevention device is installed at the potential source.  Duncanville requires Backflow Prevention Devices to be installed by a registered plumber or backflow installer and then tested by certified backflow...

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Sewer and Water 101

Jun 30

Sewer and Water 101

Summer is indeed here in all its glory.  We know that means rainfall is here, too.  In fact, in many parts of the country we have had record setting storms.  Precipitation can heavily contribute to an overloaded sewer system.  As a nation, we have over 700 communities that utilize combined sewer systems.  There are some Cities that have separate sewer systems...

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