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Perma-Liner™ Certified Installer Highlight: Armstrong Plumbing

Throughout the United States, Perma-Liner has more than 1900 certified installers and four distribution facilities, with more to open in the coming months. One of our certified installers recently completed a project we would like to highlight. Located in Sacramento, California, Armstrong Plumbing has been the Sacramento area’s go-to residential and commercial plumbing resource for the last 50 years. In mid-June, the team at Armstrong Plumbing lined and repaired 90’ of 4” cast iron, root-infested sewer line buried beneath a pool deck. A lateral repair was completed using the Perma-Lateral™ Lining System. If you are looking for information on protecting,

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Sacramento’s Substantial Sewer Amelioration Agenda

Most often when we think of a Park we imagine trees, playground, picnic area and scenic views. But that image may soon be changed as Sacramento’s McKinley Park is set to launch an extensive sewer project in the near future. The agenda includes a storage tank under the park’s baseball field. With ‘what to do about the problematic flooding incidents?’ being a topic of conversation, the solution seems to have found its way- to a temporary detention basin capable of holding accumulated rain and sewage during heavy storms. The city has a combined sewer system which has had its share

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Sacramento State’s Old College Try to Reduce Stormwater

There are interesting and diverse activities taking place in the city of Sacramento! Along with many popular and cultural exhibits to enjoy city-wide, Sacramento also happens to be home to one of the most acclaimed Universities in California, namely, Sacramento State @California State University. Not only does the campus have an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, an assortment of beautiful trees and buildings complete with impressive architectural design, the school’s efforts on behalf of sustainability are also to be commended. Many well-planned initiatives in alignment with sustainable causes have been at the heart of what sets this school apart. The campus has

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Sacramento’s Heavy Rain and Unstable Pipeline Cause Sewer Overflow

The city of Sacramento has experienced record rainfall within the last several months. This has led to unfortunate sewer overflow within the Sacramento-area wastewater systems.  The local waterways took the brunt of the complications from the spill.  The waterway which was primarily affected is Hangtown Creek, flowing into the American River. The overflow had environmental ramifications due to contaminants; which were recently found in the creek. The polluted sections of the creeks are rural, and mostly without nearby development. The pipeline running along Hangtown Creek carries sewage from homes and businesses to the city’s treatment plant. The overflow also occurred

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San Francisco’s Sewer System Tours: Up Close and Personal

The City of San Francisco is encouraging its residents to talk about dirty things. Namely, the sewer system. The city is conducting tours of its underground sewer system’s operation and processing. If you would like to see, first hand, just how the sewer system runs, as well as gain insight into the best practices for your home’s pipelining system, you are invited to take the tour that operates up to twice a month. The tours are at no cost and you’ll learn about the fascinating history of the sewer plant, as well as what goes on behind the scenes. If

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Dispose of Medications Safely for Cleaner Water and Sewer Systems

Sacramento, did you know the city has kiosks set up for you to dispose of your unwanted medications?  In an ongoing effort to keep rivers, streams and sewer systems free from hazardous materials, Sacramento has recently initiated a program to assist residents of the city in their proper disposal of medications. There are several pharmaceutical kiosk locations set up conveniently throughout the city to retrieve medications that could potentially harm the waterways. Additionally, recent studies have shown that pharmaceuticals in rivers and streams, if present at high enough concentrations, can harm aquatic wildlife. Also, when flushed down the drain, some

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California Cities Setup Cultivated Use of Water

Many cities throughout California are conscientious of recycling and have been for the long term. But recycling water has now become a magnified topic as the drought persists. Recently researchers at UCLA have addressed the topic of recycled water being collected from sewer systems and then purified. At first glance, it may sound appealing. However it is a resourceful-even novel- idea as this form of water can be used to irrigate places like parks, lawns and golf courses. The subsequent health benefits of this process are not only being observed but commended. A study has analyzed the varying methods that

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Know your Sewer System- Prepare for a Disaster

When a natural disaster occurs, it’s important to know how to protect yourself and your belongings. It’s a good idea to know the basics in order to be safe and prepared.  Be sure to strap down your water heater so it meets safety codes. Consider hiring a professional plumber for this.  In California, when an earthquake strikes you’ll need to identify the location of your home’s water, gas and electric main shutoffs valves and switches.  Remove all flammable liquids from the living areas of your home. Put them in the garage or another outside storage area. To help prevent a

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Sacramento’s Hydrology, Landscaping, and Lateral Loans

Sacramento is full of cultural treasures, museums and parks. It has also experienced significant, sometimes devastating, flooding. With the city being particularly susceptible to sewer damages, overflows and landscaping challenges, a program to assist homeowners is expected to be a cost-effective program for neighborhoods within the city. The Sacramento Area Sewer District’s Upper Lateral Loan Program has saved homeowner’s hundreds of dollars with low-interest loans of up to $15,000. The loan is intended for the repair or replacement of upper laterals, as this can be an expensive process. The loans must be paid back within 5 years and will have

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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

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Sacramento’s Discerning Measures to Reduce Water Waste

As water costs rise and municipalities mandate usage, the multifamily industry is undergoing a natural transformation to become more efficient through new technology, improved operations and better maintenance techniques. Communities across Sacramento are seeking unconventional ways to become more cost savvy as resources become more expensive and limited. The drought has ensued a substantial amount of requirements and proactive recommendations for water use. The Natomas Park community in Sacramento has been conscientious regarding conversation by replacing 13,000 square feet of grassy turf, upgrading 200 sprinklers and nozzles, and installing solar-sync weather stations tied to the sprinklers.  Some of California’s municipalities are even

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Sacramento Assesses Sewer Efficiency and Fees

The city of Sacramento has been conducting financial assessments for several major sewer renovations, which will include a new water meter program.  Homeowners will experience rate changes, with the first taking effect this summer.  In addition to a bill increase, there will be an assistance program in place to help qualifying residents with their payments. The Utility Rate Assistance Program expansion is a plan to help income-eligible Sacramento households save approximately $360 a year on their utility costs.  Rehabilitation projects have fostered the startup of this customer support initiative. The agenda includes the Accelerated Water Meter Program, to be completed

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Sacramento Spares No Expense in Sewer Overhaul

Sacramento is expecting to increase their water and sewer rates this year. The rate increases would take place July 1 of this year and would raise the average residential customer’s bill from $68.15 a month, which calculates to approximately $98.60 by 2019. The higher rates would finance $265.5 million in water projects and $53.5 million in sewer projects by 2020. The city plans to install 42,600 water meters and replace 76 miles of related pipes, and rehab four miles of sewer pipes and 10 pump stations.  The biggest expense will be $230 million to finish installing water meters in 2020.

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Sacramento’s Study for Grease Control in Sewers

The Sacramento Sewer District recently conducted a survey which was initiated to assist with findings pertaining to the effect grease and oils have on the sewer system. The Study was called the Grease Impact Assessment Project.  The physical condition of the collection system has a significant impact on the amount of grease that accumulates in the sewer.  Obstructions, such as roots, allow the wastewater to slow down, letting the oil accumulate on the pipe wall. The sewer design standards are functional for normal flow volumes, but have low velocities in low flow conditions that contribute to grease accumulation on the sewer

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River-Friendly Landscaping Helps Conserve

River-Friendly Landscaping Helps Conserve

Sacramento County recently celebrated the grand opening of the new River-Friendly Inspiration Garden. Originally a water conservation demonstration garden, it has been renovated to showcase River-Friendly Landscaping practices.  The garden is located in the Laguna Creek Watershed next to the Sacramento County Water Agency’s Water Treatment Plant on Waterman Road between Rendham Way and Westray Drive, about 0.4 mile north of Calvine.  The garden is open 7am–7pm daily. The Garden showcases River-Friendly Landscaping practices that conserve water, reduce yard waste, prevent pollution of the air and local rivers. Additionally, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It features beautiful water-efficient plants and

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Sacramento’s Creeks Protection Project

The Sacramento Area Sewer District is a sewer collection utility providing service to more than one million people in the Sacramento region. The current service area includes homes and businesses in unincorporated Sacramento County; the cities of Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, and Elk Grove; and portions of the cities of Folsom and Sacramento. With more than 4,000 miles of sewer pipes and 100 pump stations.  Currently in progress is a Creeks Protection Project which will be a multi-phase effort. Phase I, completed recently, included four sites within the City of Citrus Heights and one within the unincorporated area of Sacramento

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Sacramento Sewer Building Codes for Flat Spots

Sacramento building codes require that all drainage systems have a minimum grade of ¼ inch per foot. This means that for every foot the drainage pipe travels, it drops in grade ¼ inch. A flat spot is a section of drain line that has no grade, up or down. A ‘belly’ in the line means that the line dips down and then back up before it resumes the proper grade downhill. The belly will hold water in the line at all times. Both situations can cause line stoppages. In a newer home, both are caused by improper piping installations. There

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City of Millbrae Raises Sewer Rates

Residents of Millbrae will sustain an increase to their sewer bill.  Members of City council voted this week for the much needed raise, due to the cost of mandatory sewer infrastructure repairs.  This change is required, in part, due to an ever aging underground infrastructure, but mainly due to the City’s obligation to pay for water laden with bacteria that leaked into the bay over 5 years ago.  This change will be implemented immediately and will increase the monthly bill structure by approximately $15.  The current plan has yearly increases scheduled through 2019.  While some were dismayed, many residents in

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A Sewer Connection for Lincoln and Auburn

The Sewer Main in Auburn is under renovation.  The original plans to do away with this collection site are underway, just a bit later than expected.  The plan is to install a new pump carrying wastewater through a pipeline into the nearby City of Lincoln. Currently, the City is hard at work removing bedrock to pave way for this pipeline connection for Lincoln and Auburn.  Area residents can expect completion of the project by the end of August.  Since June, there have been various cost deviations from the planned budget, with adjustments to the final cost which now totals $77.8

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Rainy Season and Sewer Drainage Systems

Many of us are experiencing a rainy season now that summer is in full swing.  Along with the sunny delights and fanfare this time of year brings, there is also a need to think about the proper functioning of our drainage systems where we live.  It is important to know to what extent a drainage issue is prevalent.  In order to do this, a qualified fully licensed professional is needed for drain pipe cleaning. This will also maximize your awareness of the health of the pipelines in your home.  Here are a few suggestions when seeking the help of an

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