Phones, electricity, transportation, the Internet. Could you imagine living without any of these? As some of the best products and concepts of all time, none of the best ideas would even be possible without innovative practices to bring them to life. By creating a solution to a problem that the consumer may not have even known they had in the first place, innovation can be useful in any industry, including utilities. Continue reading
You may not know this but a lot can go into the process of providing safe drinkable water. Utilities and water treatment centers in particular are devoted to creating the highest quality water that currently runs through your community’s pipes. In order to do so, minerals and certain safe chemicals are treated as an additive in order to remove any potential contaminants. But what exactly is in there? Continue reading
A big portion of plumbing is the act of cutting, bending, and connecting pipe. The traditional methods of pipe joining generally include brazing, soldering, and welding. But traditions were meant to be broken. Continue reading
Since the year 1,000 B.C., civilization has been taking advantage of the many benefits natural gas provides to our everyday lives. As a common ingredient found in certain products such as paints and medicines, along with the fuel that powers our favorite appliances, natural gas has quickly become an essential energy source and component to our survival. Continue reading
At A.Y. McDonald, the customer is always the boss. That’s why we value relationships with our customers—local and afar—like Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., located in Galena, Illinois.
Did you know that up to 50 percent of the water we use outside is not necessary to maintain a healthy landscape? (Highlight to tweet) Reduce your outdoor water consumption during the hot, dry summer months with these five tips on how to use water wisely.
- Set up your sprinklers correctly: When you setup your sprinklers to water your lawn and plants this summer, Continue reading
The water cycle explains how water moves above, on, and through the Earth at any given point of time. As an essential part of life, this process is one of many that keep us alive. That being said, only 3% of the world’s available water is freshwater or drinkable, with groundwater responsible for a large portion of Earth’s freshwater. Groundwater is recognized as a renewable resource that is most commonly replenished through precipitations that infiltrate downward from the land surface. Continue reading
It takes the collaboration of many parts and pieces in order to provide the proper amount of natural gas to a home. Between BTUs, inches of water column, and PSI, the terminology used in measuring high pressure gas parts really keeps the industry itself connected. When it comes to meter connections in particular, there’s one measurement that stands out from the rest and that’s ‘light size’. Continue reading
Any established company is built on history – and we have a lot of it. With 160 years of experience, the A.Y. McDonald brand and the way we operate is shaped on this vast history. As we celebrate 160 years, we thought it a good time to share them with you. Get schooled on seven random fun facts about A.Y. McDonald as a company and a person: Continue reading