Are You Ready? - Spring 2016

The start of construction season is in full swing throughout North America, with new construction taking place involving many projects replacing old outdated systems. If you have been in this industry any length of time you are aware that the industry is behind the eight-ball when it comes to replacement of aging water and sewer systems. A fact confirmed by news reports about Flint, Michigan, which is only the tip of the iceberg.

Water main breaks are on the increase and you only need to look at the fact that we have more repair clamp manufacturers marketing in North America NOW than when I went to work for Smith-Blair back in 1977 for proof.

Water mains are failing with not only small leaks but whole sections of pipe. Most utilities will not be able to handle all the large repairs because of limited equipment and personnel to do the job.

On top of water main failures, I just read AWWA’s “Connections” story Shared responsibility key to getting lead out. It tells how we still have about 6.1 million lead service lines in the U.S., which at an average of $5,000.00 per line will cost over $30 billion dollars to replace. Utility departments will have problems with replacement as in most cases the utility only has responsibility to the property line with the homeowner responsible for the stretch of line on their property.

My feeling is that in the future utility contractors will not only be bidding on the typical sub-division or transmission line projects BUT will begin bidding on repair and replacement projects for utilities.

Both types of projects will have the same field requirements for flushing, chlorinating and dechlorinating. It will make no difference in your procedures, but the flow range your equipment needs to perform at will vary. Your equipment for performing this work will have to be flexible enough to set-up for all types of conditions and be durable, like the old Timex commercials that said ‘it takes a licking and keeps on ticking’ (or something like that). This is where the H2O Neutralizer can fill your needs. The H2O Neutralizer can take the abuse of different crews sharing equipment and perform consistently for each crew and under any field condition.

We now have well over 900 devices in the hands of different utility contractors around North America, with many owning more than one device, and so far we have NOT received a single complaint about its performance. Our equipment has been used for chlorinating systems with only a water truck as a water source. It can manage lines from ¾” service lines through the easy jobs of transmission line chlorination. No other equipment can make that claim. You can chlorinate using either a continuous feed or slug method under any field condition, with either sodium hypochlorite or calcium hypochlorite as your chlorine source.

Dechlorination is just as simple and convenient as chlorination; as our equipment can work with any chemical once it’s put into a solution. However, we promote and sell the safest chemical for the environment and your crews, ready-to-use No-Chlor Calcium Thiosulfate Solution. Once again whether you have to connect to a small service line or a large discharge, the H2O Neutralizer can be set-up to handle all field conditions.

Attached is a letter we received recently from RMCI, Inc., general contractors in Albuquerque NM who we meet at the NUCA convention back in 2003. They purchased three devices over the years after that show and just had all three rebuilt for just over $1,200.00 (labor/material cost) total, repaired to new performance standards. They may not look pretty but they work as well as the day RMCI originally received them. We did the same for Andy @ A.M. Gallagher Water Main Services (tapping & testing) in Shrewsbury, MA back in 2015. His unit was 10+ years old and all that was needed to get it back in service was to replace the venturi and clean everything up for him.

Yes, we are proud of our equipment. We have reason to be, as no one else in the industry can make claims like this.

Give us a call to see what we can do to make life easier for your crews and reduce your cost of field chlorination & dechlorination.

Thank you,

Robert J. Gordhamer
Measurement Technologies, Inc.