Mike’s Muck

An Industry Developing… This time on Mike’s Muck I’d like to focus on where we find ourselves as an Industry here in 2019. I am going to say that this version of my Blog is more of a rambling of…

Did You Know…

Question:  Where did the term “fire plug” come from and how does it relate to today’s fire hydrants? Answer:   This phrase has been used for many years in the fire service. It refers back to the days when water mains…

Fire departments conduct trench-training rescue

CARLY CARVER The Daily Independent  – Jun 14, 20   ASHLAND Local firefighters conducted a trench rescue on Friday as part of a drill exercise in conjunction with Marathon Petroleum Fire Department. The Ashland Fire Department and Marathon Petroleum Fire Department…

National Excavator Initiative Launches With The Help Of Mike Rowe

The importance of the pipes, wires, and cables buried underground that support our daily lives is being “unearthed” with the help of Executive Producer, Host, and Author Mike Rowe and his animated alter ego micro Mike Rowe. Known from the…

Why mapping and sharing underground information is a must

BY ERIC VAN REES ON MAY 13, 2019 TECHNOLOGY: EDUCATION & EVENTS, INDUSTRY    The Geospatial World Forum 2019 hosted the first international workshop on the digitization of the underground. Titled “Underground mapping for resilient infrastructure – Datafication of the underground”, the workshop offered…

Evidence Of Corruption In Handling Of Flint Water Crisis

The Daily Caller published a story Sunday that outlines what looks like local corruption in the handling of the re-piping effort in Flint, Michigan. At issue is a company called WT Stevens which, despite having no relevant experience, received millions…

FLINT GAVE CONTRACT TO FIRM WITH ALLEGEDLY NO PIPE REPLACEMENT EXPERIENCE, DUG UP NON-LEAD PIPES

Luke Rosiak | Investigative Reporter Flint, Michigan, steered $22 million in water crisis aid to a firm with no experience that is using slow and expensive methods to dig holes in order to replace lead water pipes, a city council member…

Nearly 40% of homeowners digging in 2019 put themselves, others at risk, study says

Making a free call to 811 before digging for home improvement projects can prevent damage to underground utility lines and keep communities safe (Source: www.pipeline-safety.org) By Victor Blanco | April 8, 2019 at 7:01 AM CDT – Updated April 8…

National Safe Digging Month Toolkit

April is National Safe Digging Month. CGA will be releasing additional resources during the course of the month. Click here to check out Common Ground Alliance and their toolkit.   About Us CGA is a member-driven association of 1,700 individuals,…

Just a reminder to ‘Know What’s Below’

Tis the season to start digging! Whether you’re planning a home improvement job, planting a tree or installing a fence or deck, Click Before You Dig to safely identify buried utility lines. Click the link below then select the province or state…