It's an excellent question: What's in bottled water? It's marketed and sold as though it's a premium beverage, but the people who work hard every day to deliver safe, clean municipal drinking water generally believe they're producing water of equivalent quality or better -- held to higher regulatory standards -- at a fraction of the price.
A report sent to the governor and Iowa legislature this week says that Iowa is already being affected by changes in the climate that are causing summer storms to become more intense, leading to more serious and more frequent flooding, as well as increased water pollution from runoff. The report notes that autumns have become significantly drier and springs significantly wetter over the last century or so, and the trend appears to be continuing. As the report notes, the changes are occuring, whether they're caused by human behavior or not, and as a result, everyone ought to be able to agree that some measures need to be taken to mitigate the impact -- whether or not there is agreement on whether to mitigate the cause.
The effects are largely concentrated in areas of specific concern to our industry, with stormwater control equipment and municipal water treatment requiring particular attention, since the additional pollution created by the additional rainfall is non-point-source, but has concentrated effects at well sites.
The revisions to the standard simply reflect a natural evolution in the process of fluoridation, reflecting a refinement of the scientific standards rather than a rejection of the science (which is how some people might hope to interpret them). Fluoridation is one of the landmark achievements in public health over the last century.
As a result of the floods of the last few years, people in Iowa and Nebraska have learned a lot about disaster mitigation, recovery, and cleanup -- and in the upcoming newsletter of the Nebraska AWWA, you'll find an article on how Norfolk, Nebraska's water system responded to a major flood last year. We'll highlight that article on our site when it is published.
Before you even think about buying a reverse-engineered pump...
January 19, 2011
...watch this video:
An art student decided to try to build a toaster by reverse-engineering. Until you see the catastrophe that results, you probably can't fully appreciate what happens when someone tries to just copy a product without understanding how and why it works the way it does. We've documented a list of dozens of ways in which knock-off pumps fail when trying to duplicate the Gorman-Rupp T Series (a pump which, we might note, is a lot more sophisticated than a toaster). That's why we stand behind the work of original equipment designers and manufacturers, like Gorman-Rupp. As they say: "We originate, others imitate."
The Omaha District of the US Army Corps of Engineers has designed a significant flood-control system to help protect southwestern Iowa from flooding in the Missouri River valley, and with the floods of 2008 and 2010 both fresh in local memory, the project has been put on an expedited schedule for completion. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, Golden Harvest put the gates on an accelerated schedule to keep the job on track.
One might ask: How accelerated? Well, for starters, the gate mounting thimbles pictured here were ordered on December 18th. The first set of thimbles shipped on January 5th -- less than three weeks later -- and the second set shipped on January 13th -- less than four weeks later. That's less than four weeks for the complete batch from purchase order to shipment -- including two Federal holidays, and time for submittal review by the Corps of Engineers. These thimbles are used to speed the pouring of the concrete walls on which the gates will be mounted, and the gates themselves are well underway, with delivery expected in just a few more weeks.
With more than 30 years of experience in water, wastewater, and stormwater control, we can say with confidence: Nobody delivers custom-built gates faster than Golden Harvest. And Golden Harvest's range of slide gates, sluice gates, flap gates, and other water-control gates are of the highest quality we've seen anywhere. High-quality, competitively-priced, American-made gates, delivered faster than anyone else can. When you need water-control gates -- whether your project is an emergency or not -- Golden Harvest is the manufacturer of choice. For flood controls, though, nobody can beat a rush order from Golden Harvest.