Focus on the Infrastructure Deficit

     February  2006

A Not-So-Merry Christmas

Twas the Night before Christmas, and all through the house... not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Why?  A broken watermain meant several families (and even the mouse) had to stage an emergency evacuation over Christmas.

Sinking Stinky Sewers
It's a problem that's plagued municipalities large and small - after all, nothing irritates a downtown business association more than a stench wafting from the manholes on main street.
New technologies bring new solutions... like "Vortex Flow" manhole inserts, which suck sewer gasses downward until they're reincorporated into the sewer flow.  The inserts require no power, can be retrofitted to any existing sewer line, and are entirely maintenance free.
For more information, click here.
Questions or concerns about municipal infrastructure?
Let's talk. I can be reached at:
Tel: (905) 670-7676
or:   (800) 268-4664 
Fax (905) 670-1512
6810 Invader Cres, Mississauga, ON
L5T 2B6
Veso Sobot, P.Eng.
Director, Corporate Affairs


Oh No - Not Again: Boil Water Advisory in Walkerton...

Cast-iron pipes from Walkerton
(courtesy of ES & E magazine)

Many of you remember the spring of 2000, when seven people died and over 2,000 fell ill after drinking contaminated tap water in Walkerton, Ontario.

Residents of the small Ontario community thought that nightmare was behind them... until just before Christmas, when Public Health Officials announced yet another boil water advisory.

The culprit?  Broken water mains allowing untreated water into the system.  IPEX donated over $100,000 worth of new vinyl pipe to the town during the crisis, but unfortunately, parts of the town still rely on older, cast iron mains.

Residents were finally able to turn their water back on for the New Year.



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