Providence- Calm, Cool and Collected through Wind, Rain, or Snow Storm

Mar 16

Providence- Calm, Cool and Collected through Wind, Rain, or Snow Storm

The city of Providence may have things stirred, but nevertheless, not shaken. Whether it’s a problem stemming from a mishap of spilled contaminants in the waterways due to storm water drainage, to a flooded sewer system and streets, to a collapsed wind turbine, or all of the above, Providence has got this!  Due to the most recent storm, many neighborhoods in and around Providence have issued a flood advisory, as well as a high wind warning. Because of these conditions- and strong wind gusts over 60 mph- a wind turbine in Narragansett also suffered a collapse, resulting in numerous power outages statewide. Current projects for the city also include a new and improved sewer maintenance schedule, in order to abate the problems created through flooding and to improve the condition of the local rivers. It’s not only a commitment to the community and the environment but to better, more sustainable infrastructures. Interesting fact: wind turbines are getting more recognition as a viable energy source, generating more than half of the power at the treatment facility which treats wastewater from Providence, Johnston, North Providence, as well as Lincoln and Cranston. Depending on the season, the power of the wind turbines fluctuates and produces more or less at a given time. The turbines stand approximately 364 feet tall when their blades are at the highest points. The turbines in Rhode Island are known to be the tallest. The Ocean State is also home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm. The Block Island Wind Farm- the first of its kind, nationwide- received accolades during recent winter storm Stella. The wind farm successfully weathered winds that topped out at approximately 70 miles an hour. Rhode Island is experiencing rapid growth in renewable-energy development with 20 land-based wind turbines, totaling a combined capacity enough to power more than 6,000 homes or a small town about the size of North...

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Full Steam Ahead! Check Out Perma-Liner Industries 2016 Events Line Up!!

Aug 18

Full Steam Ahead! Check Out Perma-Liner Industries 2016 Events Line Up!!

Undoubtedly, you are still enjoying the many highlights that this time of year brings, but as the glory days of summer begin to wane, no worries! We’ve got some exciting events scheduled for you and they’re coming up right around the corner. Mark your calendars for these informative trade shows that you won’t want to miss! First up, Perma-Liner Industries is pleased to announce we’ll be in Milwaukee on September 12-13th for the WEQ Fair. This is the place to be to gain a world of knowledge about the trenchless pipelining Industry and the equipment Perma-Liner Industries manufactures. You can expect to see our live demonstrations in the comfortable outdoor setting of the Wisconsin State Fair Park. This Wastewater Equipment Fair will have an assortment of commercial, industrial and municipal gear to become familiarized with and you’ll be intrigued to learn about the many systems used for sewer cleaning and rehabilitations. Interesting fact: did you know the Milwaukee Mile is a one-mile long oval race track located at Wisconsin State Fair Park? It’s the oldest operating motor speedway in the world. Next up! WEFTEC. Folks, this is the super bowl of trade shows. Not to be missed, and acclaimed as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world. Also known for the most comprehensive show floor, this conference provides an unparalleled bird’s- eye view to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field. This is an event that will give you the chance to network with associates in the industry or just learn much more about the field of technology and water quality, treatments, equipment, and services. We’ll have our representatives there to answer questions, perform live demonstrations and provide resources to further your knowledge of the trenchless pipelining industry. Here’s the info to mark your calendars: The 89th Technical Exhibition and Conference is being held on Sept. 24- 28th at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Interesting fact: The Convention Center has 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space and is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation. Stay tuned… we’ll have more information (on even more events) on deck, coming up soon! Looking forward to see you...

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Warwick Sewer Authority and T.F. Green: A New Way to De-ice

Jun 01

Warwick Sewer Authority and T.F. Green: A New Way to De-ice

The Warwick Sewer Authority is taking part in something interesting. T.F. Green Airport is using bacteria in order to clean up the fluids used to make sure ice does not build up on airplanes. When there is a risk of ice collecting on an airplane’s wings, airport workers apply propylene glycol, which is typically used for a variety of applications. Its active ingredient can be found in engine coolants and antifreeze, airplane de-icer’s, paints, enamels and varnishes, to name a few. Traditionally the airplanes at T.F. Green Airport were sprayed in specific areas where storm drains could be closed and the fluids collected were recycled. Now, the airport has one of four de-icer management facilities in the world, where the fluids can be cleaned. The fluids are collected through the sewer system, where sensors detect any glycol. Fluids with glycol are sent to large storage tanks before they’re processed to be cleaned by bacteria that eat the chemicals. The total cost of this innovative project was approximately $36.3 million. A portion of the funding was made available through the Federal Aviation Administration and $33.5 million, through a loan from the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank’s Clean Water Program. The bank helps run federal and state programs, including financial assistance toward wastewater. Interesting facts about how Glycol is obtained: it is first collected through a storm-drain system, or during dry weather, with the help of vacuum-like trucks. Then, sensors are used to detect the levels of glycol. If glycol is detected, it is sent to two large storage tanks that can hold 2.9 million gallons each. The glycol is then processed into two smaller tanks each holding 40,000 gallons, where the bacteria eats the chemicals. The water, which is now pre-treated, heads to the Warwick Sewer...

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Out with the Old Cesspools, In with the New

Feb 16

Out with the Old Cesspools, In with the New

A new law in Rhode Island requires the removal of existing cesspools from service after a property is sold. This is among the changes to onsite wastewater rules this year in Rhode Island. Replacing a cesspool with a septic tank typically costs approximately $12,000-$15,000. Homeowners who choose to attach to their municipality’s sewage system pay around $7,000. Two percent loans are available for those who qualify. New cesspools have been banned in Rhode Island since 1968, but there are still about 25,000 in operation. The Cesspool Act that has recently been signed into law, requires cesspools to be disconnected and replaced with a modern septic system or connection to a sewer system within 12 months of the sale of the property. It’s important to note, if a homeowner closed on the sale of their property prior to January 1, of this year, the upgrade requirement does not apply until the next time the property is transferred.  The changes now being enforced are anticipated to result in approximately 400 cesspools being taken out of service every year. The removal of cesspools from yards and other property across the state, is expected to be a fundamental step toward improving the water quality of Narragansett Bay. Providence installers and residents alike, are you interested in continuing education courses? Did you know the University of Rhode Island at Kingston is offering instructive courses in wastewater processes? One of the offered courses you may be interested in is a Functional Inspections course. This one-day class focuses on how to perform a functional (point-of-sale) inspection of a conventional wastewater treatment system which is typically done prior to home sales. Topics covered include a brief inspection refresher, elements of a functional inspection, newer tools and techniques, and wastewater management. This course also includes a field trip to practice what you’ve learned.  Additional courses range from surveying techniques to nitrogen in the environment and how it effects wastewater...

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Kingston’s Conservancy and Ecosystems Grants

Jan 19

Kingston’s Conservancy and Ecosystems Grants

The Nature Conservancy at the University of Rhode Island announces a small grants program to support scholarly research in collaboration with URI faculty sponsors in ocean and estuarine science and policy. Applicants may request two years of funding (a maximum of $12,000 per year); however, approval for a second year is contingent upon progress and funding availability. This year’s proposition will focus on the following topics: restoration and conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems and the spatial extent and evaluation of ecosystems services provided by existing and restored marine and coastal habitats. Decisions will be made in February; and funds will be awarded in April. Research proposals can cover any biogeographic extent, from local to global systems. The main focus will be in proposals that provide insights into effective methods for advancing the conservation and restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems in geographies where our region works, including RI and southern New England. The State of Rhode Island has taken a proactive role in preparing for climate change and implementing environmental policies that protect the unique coasts and watershed. However, there are not always the means to cover all of the essential financial obligations and commitments. The Coastal Institute serves as a partner on several initiatives to facilitate their completion when the focus is environmental health and aligns with the mission of the Coastal Institute. Providence, SAVE THE DATE!  Perma-Liner Industries cordially invites you to the annual WWETT show! The Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment &Transport Show is happening on February 17th– 20th at the Indiana Convention Center. Convention Center 100 South Capitol Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46225 U.S.A. This is the largest annual trade show of its kind, the WWETT Show attracts some 14,000 environmental service professionals and exhibitor personnel from 53 countries. Register now and...

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