By David Marcum, P.E.
You awaken one morning to find work crews and loud equipment outside your house. You learn that they are in the process of rehabilitating city sewer lines, something that has rarely, if ever, crossed your mind. Or maybe the problem is located down the street, and you’re not sure why workers with large and noisy vehicles are parked and blocking the street at your house.
The American Water Works Association has released its State of the Water Industry Report for 2014, which identified the top industry issues – infrastructure, long-term supply, financing for capital improvements and public understanding of the value of water resources, systems and services.
Wastewater collection systems are underground and out of sight. However, when a sewer rehabilitation project accounts for nearly one-third of a city’s wastewater system, it affects the community in a big way. LDA Engineering recently assisted Morristown Utilities Commission with the rehabilitation of the Spring Creek basin, much to the city’s benefit.
“We realize that you may never walk a mile in one of our nation’s heroes’ shoes, but you do have the opportunity to walk alongside them to honor what they’ve done.”
This is what I read about “Carry the Load,” a group of people walking from West Point, New York, to Dallas, Texas, to bring recognition to the true meaning of Memorial Day. I fell in with the group at a fire station in Chattanooga, was immediately handed a U.S. flag and jumped in line behind a group from the Chattanooga Fire Department, a veteran honored with the Purple Heart, several representatives from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and various other supporters.
By Lee Gentry, P.E.
Back when I was engaged in nonpoint source stormwater pollution research, the famous opening line of Bulwer-Lytton’s 19th century novel, “Paul Clifford,” invoked an image different than what the author intended. I imagined that it was raining and nobody was looking. But since then, all of that has changed. It’s still raining, but somebody is looking.