Think Country is Falling Apart? In Terms of Infrastructure, You are Right
Yet there’s no consensus on how to fix roads, bridges,
power grids and water systems
In this age of modern technology, medical advances, and an International Space Station, it seems incredible that the vital infrastructure of the U.S. is collapsing. But because we have invested less and less in the systems that make our lifestyle possible, that is exactly what is happening.
The Economist recently reported, “…since the 1960s, public infrastructure spending as a share of GDP has declined to about half the European level. America is one of the most car-dependent nations on earth, yet it spends about as large a share of GDP on roads as Sweden. Business leaders, labor unions, governors, mayors, congressmen and presidents have complained about a lack of funding for years, but aside from a onetime cash infusion from the stimulus program, nothing much has changed…”
“We’ve been talking about this for many, many years,” Patrick Natale, executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), told CNN. “We really haven’t had the leadership or will to take action on it. But the bottom line is that a failing infrastructure cannot support a thriving economy.”
Imagine if your child brought home the same poor grades year after year. You would certainly take action! However, American infrastructure is able to skate by with barely passing grades (ACSE gave them a “D+” in 2013) because the situation is seemingly not yet dire.
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To help raise awareness of the plight facing the country’s water infrastructure, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the National Association of Water Companies to launch the Water Is Your Business campaign. The campaign is using infographics like this one to show that the existing infrastructure can’t handle the increased demand.
Treated Water Leakage in 30” Cement-Lined, Elevated Pipe Solved in 3 Days
Inspection and testing conducted by a major Midwest water utility company had indicated a loss of treated water in a section of 30" cement lined ductile iron transmission line. Although the source of the leak could not be substantiated, the cause of the leak was attributed to defective joints located in a pipe run of approximately 100 feet. Complicating the challenge to repair the pipe was the ability to access the pipe as the pipe run changed 30 feet in elevation and also was located beneath a creek be and street intersection.
After determining that evacuation of the pipe was not economically reasonable, the engineering department sought a trenchless solution.
The HydraTite Internal Joint Seal was chosen for installation at each joint to eliminate any leakage attributed to the joints.
The pipe section was isolated and dewatered ad HydraTech technicians removed the cement mortar lining in the area of the joint and prepared the surface of the pipe. Fourteen HydraTite seals were installed in 3 days with no disruption to the intersection. Upon returning the line to service, the water utility company confirmed the leaks had been eliminated. HydraTech's solution represented a substantial cost savings to the city compared to alternative options.
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