Our Health and National Security Depend on Strengthening our Water Infrastructure
EPA explains how it can be done
We’ve known for years that our nation’s investments in water infrastructure weren’t keeping up with the needs. But those struggles are not the same everywhere—they are most acute in low-income and small communities.
To fix the problem, we’ll not only need innovative financing to leverage more investment, but we’ll also need to help these communities build capacity—so they can sustainably manage and operate their water systems, get access to those funds, and put them to good use.
We have to start by confronting the same ingrained, systemic challenges that threaten our country’s water resources – a resource that’s essential to every human being on the planet.
Everyone needs to bring their tools to the table—at the local, tribal and state level—along with utilities, investors, community advocates, and civil society. There’s a lot of innovative work going on out there, and we need to share and leverage each other’s ideas and expertise.
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Failure to Act: The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America's Economic Future was recently released as the culminating report on the economic impact of poor infrastructure in the U.S. It presents an overall picture of the economic opportunity associated with infrastructure investment and the cost of failing to fill the gap.
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HydraTite Seals Eliminate Air Leaks in Power Plant Box System
The challenge was to eliminate air leaks in discharge piping walls.
The solution proposed utilized the HydraTite seal with six three-piece stainless steel 316 steel bands, a double-wide HydraTite seal, and a 16-gauge stainless steel backing plate.
The circulating water box system requires a vacuum on the system to allow proper circulating water level in the water box to provide cooling through all tubes. This operating performance was degraded due to through wall leaks in the discharge piping that allowed atmospheric pressure to reduce vacuum levels, thus reducing the cooling capacity of the condenser and overall electrical generation.
The crew (with all materials) entered through an existing manhole and was able to complete the system installation within the work window provided by the station.
At the completion of the project, the system performance was brought back to as-built specifications with the nuclear plant able to operate at better efficiency, increasing electric generating output.
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