DRINKING WATER DISTRIBUTION RESOURCES

  • Storage tanks at Denver Water’s new, state-of-the-art water treatment plant taking shape.

  • During an infrastructure improvement project, the Town of Windsor discovered an inoperable valve close to the historic downtown area. With residences, a fire department, a middle school, and businesses nearby, the loss of a control point could create significant issues should routine maintenance or an emergency repair be required. Also, replacing the valve would disrupt service to essential services within the area.

  • The Village of Covington, Ohio had an ambitious 90-day project to replace the water main, taps, sewer main, laterals, and storm sewer through the center of town. Unfortunately, on day one, an unknown water service line was snagged and the top half of an 8” valve blew off, causing water to shoot 10”–12” out of the street.

  • Lead Reduction Program highlighted for jobs, unique approach to diverse communities.

  • We rarely stop to consider how difficult it is to be a government leader. The responsibility to identify critical needs, focus on eminent dangers, ensure public safety, and provide citizen services are monumental tasks.

  • Manufacturing sites have many automatic controllers (typically in the hundreds or even thousands for large facilities). These controllers are designed to run in automatic mode without operator intervention. Most sites don’t have insight into how these controllers are actually performing. 

  • Tunneling project helps Denver Water turn gravel pits into reservoirs along South Platte River.

  • Four months may sound like a generous amount of time to replace 2,200 feet of water pipe in an urban setting, but doing so in the middle of a Colorado winter – while coordinating two crews working a mile apart – is quite a feat. The need for this formidable task became apparent when Denver Water, which serves high-quality water to 1.5 million people in the city of Denver and surrounding suburbs, made an important discovery.

  • We now have an unparalleled opportunity to finally tackle the national lead-contaminated drinking water crisis and our broader water infrastructure problems. Recent polling by Navigator Research found that a strong majority of voters — 83 percent (including nearly three-fourths of Republicans, 80 percent of Independents and 91 percent of Democrats) — support eliminating all lead pipes in drinking water systems. This was the second most broadly-supported component of President Biden’s infrastructure plan, following only the repair of roads and bridges.

  • Until recently, the City of North Miami Beach relied on traditional walk-up, manual meter reading, and a leak detection service that visited quarterly to survey areas of its distribution system. Surveyors would visit two weeks per quarter, helping city staff systematically go from one end of the 550-mile pipeline system to the other in one-mile sections—it took one and a half years to get through the city’s 25-square-mile service territory. While the city was able to maintain its system and identify leaks, the process was labor intensive and the city understood that automating meter reading and leak detection could be done simultaneously, saving precious time, staff resources, money—and most importantly, water.

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DRINKING WATER DISTRIBUTION VIDEOS

AMERICAN’s ductile iron pipe in diameters from 4 to 64 inches is proudly made at our company’s headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. Since 1905, we’ve been making products essential to our nation’s water infrastructure and in turn, our nation’s public health and safety. In this video, a tour of our Ductile Iron Pipe manufacturing facility, we take a look inside to see how it’s made. From a source of recycled iron and steel, through high-tech quality control, to fuel-efficient shipment by rail to 11 logistics centers across the country, AMERICAN Ductile Iron Pipe has been sustainable long before sustainable was cool. This 5:11 video shows how.