Entries by Mary Shafer

The I/I Issue: What’s The Big Deal?

In our first post of this series, we defined inflow and infiltration, or I/I. In this post, we’ll explore the reasons it’s a huge problem in wastewater management. The reason I/I presents huge challenges for municipalities stems from four basic issues: Upstream – Pipeline Capacity: Conveyance system pipeline capacities being overwhelmed and causing sanitary sewer […]

Ending our year on a high note

As always at this time of the season, we look back over our year to take stock of where we are and how we’ve done. It’s a time to acknowledge the challenges, rejoice in our successes, and recount our blessings. Blessings Our biggest blessing is always your patronage and support, your belief in us and […]

H2S: A Silent Killer Lurks

Most people recognize sulfuric acid as a toxic, dangerous substance. Fortunately, it’s a liquid we can see and therefore, avoid. However, in its other form, hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S), poses an insidious risk because it’s invisible. In the course of a busy day, sewer workers may not be as aware as they should be of […]

Thanks. Giving.

The recent Thanksgiving holiday, with all its traditions, is a great reason to get together with friends and family, enjoy a traditional feast, and celebrate all our blessings. But what reflections does it hold for professionals in the wastewater management industry? We think some may include gratitude for our position of great responsibility in guardianship […]

Due Diligence: Dealers & Distributors

In this final entry in our Due Diligence series, we take a look at the importance of dealers and distributors in both the equipment purchase and service processes. Some contractors prefer to buy direct from the factory, and that has its advantages. But over the long haul, many find that developing a relationship with a […]

Cost of Ownership: Downtime and Other Considerations

Due Diligence Series #4  Large capital expenditures carry that significant price tag up front, but cost of ownership doesn’t stop with acquisition. When making such a purchase, part of doing your due diligence is anticipating and researching total cost of ownership over the life of the product. Seeking Service Life The first consideration in determining […]

Manufacturer Considerations, Part 3: Just What You Need

Due Diligence Series Post #4 – Manufacturer Considerations, Part 3 In your manufacturer considerations thus far, you’ve vetted potential big-ticket equipment vendors for flexibility, both in attitude and ability to deliver. Those are both pillars of a solid vendor foundation. But what about the things that set them apart from the competition? What about surpassing […]

Manufacturer Considerations, Part 2: Who Comes First?

Last time, in discussing manufacturer considerations, we covered important questions to ask about potential equipment vendors, regarding identifying real decision makers, and the ability of the company to be flexible in meeting your needs. This post, we’re taking a look at not just the potential vendor’s flexibility in ability, but also in attitude. Your key […]