White Rock Fire Results in Boil Water

Fighting the flames had put such a demand on the small local #water system that the city’s reservoirs dropped to “dangerously low” levels, explained councillor David Chesney. “We haven’t drained our reservoirs, but they’ve gone down a tremendous amount in fighting this #fire,” “We’ve not had any indication that there is a major problem yet, but […]

Watermain Replacement

Among other things, one of my projects in the past month was pulling an old 40m water main out of a culvert under the Trans Canada Highway. We had no information on the condition of the culvert or exactly how the pipe was held together, we spent several utilities meetings working through possible solutions and problem-solving to find […]

Ice Pigging

[divider] This post is not about farm animal rights, or some cruel porcine-based Japanese reality TV game-show. Check out the video above for a glimpse of the power of a technology recently introduced into the North American Market from the UK. It’s not hard to see from the video above that the pipes are getting […]

Friday News Clippings 8 June 2012

Things have been really busy around here, and writing has caught the brunt of it, truly falling off the side of the desk. I’m not going to make any promises here, but I hope to pick things up a bit again over the coming weeks. To kick this off, I thought I’d share some links […]

First Impressions – The Ripple Effect

Sometimes I read for pleasure, but often my reading takes me on a journey ranging from pain, frustration, through to a cathartic release of anger at how stupid we are sometimes. While reading can be an escape from the mundane moments of life, some books remind me to look closer at the people around me, […]

Simple Water

This weekend, I had a discussion with a colleague in the water and wastewater industry about technologies and ideas for upgrades to an existing treatment plant. “I told them that they were nuts to be considering slow-sand filtration when the technologies are out there such as membrane filtration”, he said. I held my tongue. While […]

Lifecycle Project Costs

I see a lot of new engineering technologies that have been developed in an attempt to better solve old problems. And I see a lot of people buying into these technologies because of the sticker price. I’m ashamed to say that even engineers are suckers for a “bargain” sometimes – without taking into consideration the […]

Irish Water Scouts – Thermal Imaging and Posties

In a situation that has exposed systemic issues in the organization of Northern Ireland Water, at last a ray of hope in the battle to address the infrastructure issues spread out across thousands of kilometers of water mains. The solution – a mix of new technology and old… A police helicopter fitted with the latest […]