Why Making Water Work is the Job That Never Sleeps

When a homeowner turns on a faucet, they know that water will come out, just like they also know there will be enough of it to shower, cook, and even water the lawn. While access to water has grown to be such a reliable process, it hasn’t always been this way. Our current water infrastructure is a huge contributor to the reliable transportation of this resource but the real star players are the water professionals who design, invest in, plan, sell, install, and repair everything from the water source to the water meter.

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The Importance of Modern Day Plumbing Played Out Through History

Did you know that back in the mid 19th century, portions of the U.S. had outlawed bathing except by medical directive? Or that, in London, water disposal used to consist of dumping raw sewage and animal waste into open pits called cesspools? These two facts are only the tip of the iceberg to how unsanitary plumbing practices used to be – and how far they’ve come since then. Continue reading

How Gas Pressure is Explained Through Water and Bubbles

Throughout the natural gas journey, one of the challenges is lowering gas pressure along the way in order to fit the appliance need for a consumer. The transition to usage means reducing as much as 1,200 pounds of pressure (PSI) all the way down to one-quarter PSI that gas appliances operate at. This is made possible through the help of the gas pipeline system, specifically gathering lines (715 PSI), transmission lines (200-1,200 PSI), and distribution lines (¼-60 PSI.) However, it isn’t the pipeline itself that lowers the gas pressure, especially when the resource reaches the distribution part of the process. This is where the regulator enters the story. Continue reading

How A.Y. McDonald Brings Interchangeability to Our Compression Ends

In an ideal world, you’d be able to satisfy all your customers’ needs with as little inventory on your shelves as possible. For distributors, municipalities, and utilities, this is often a pipe dream since providing water to communities can be a very customizable job. However, A.Y. McDonald provides a solution and it contains just three words: mechanical compression joints. Continue reading

Factors That Influence Booster Pump Sizing

Have you ever taken a shower with water pressure so low that you couldn’t even wash the shampoo out of your hair? Or hand-washed the dishes with the faucet on full blast but the water couldn’t clean the food off the plate, due to low pressure?

With high water pressure the preferred route for homes and businesses, people just want the most straightforward solution. As the means of maintaining the preferred pressure to all the fixtures within a structure, booster pumps are often the answer – as long as you invest in the correct size. Continue reading

Push-Fit Fittings: Pushing the Industry Forward

Change is inevitable no matter what industry you work in. While the plumbing industry is very steeped in tradition, it too has to adapt and innovate. One such way that plumbing manufacturers and suppliers keep this industry moving forward is through the application of push-fit fittings. Continue reading

Bringing Digital Options to Gas Utilities

In the natural gas industry, it takes a lot more than a good product to provide exceptional service to the whole community. With safety and efficiency being the leading attributes to a successful gas utility, the industry will thrive by continuing to invest in new (and digital) processes. Thankfully, there are apps and traceability tags for that. Continue reading

We Put the ‘Fast’ in ‘Fast Connect Fitting’

Fast food vs. sit-down restaurants, instant vs. brewed coffee, and planes vs. cars. Over time, society continues to invent quicker solutions to already effective products and concepts. But with the added convenience and time it saves, there’s a reason why the quicker option can be the more attractive one. In the water works industry, the same can be said about A.Y. McDonald’s new Fast Connect Fitting. Continue reading

The Three Parts That Make Up the Heart of Plumbing

At a relatively young age, we are able to understand the functionality of plumbing fixtures, from the bathtub all the way to the kitchen sink. That is, we understand that when we pull on the faucet, water will come out. But as a plumber, responsibilities go well beyond what the homeowner sees, all the way down to the pipes, valves, and fittings that make up the plumbing system. This helps us recognize and explain what exactly ‘plumbing’ is to those not immersed in it every day. Continue reading

‘Where in the World is A.Y. McDonald’ Giveaway

With products that serve many functions and a company with over 161 years of service, A.Y. McDonald is very well traveled. From a gas valve at the famous Gum Wall in Seattle, Washington to a curb box lid in Glen Falls, New York…Tell me, where in the world is A.Y. McDonald? Continue reading