Parts of a Water Well

well-drill-diagram-copy1As any dug, driven, or drilled hole in the ground for the use of extracting groundwater in underground aquifers, water wells have shown to be very useful throughout history. For the past 8,000 years, humanity has been using this method to provide water for up to entire villages at a time. Since then, the process and layout of the water well has been made much more streamlined and efficient.

In owning, operating, and maintaining a private water well, it is important to understand the different components that it is made up of. See the diagram to the right for an outline of a water well system and read below to learn more about each part: Continue reading

Revealing the Healing Properties of Copper

copper The chemical element, copper, holds the title of many firsts, including the first metal to be used by humans, the first metal to be smelted from its core, the first metal to be cast into a shape in a mold, and the first metal to be purposefully alloyed with another metal (tin) to create bronze. Since 8,000 BC, copper has been a staple to our thriving civilization, in more ways than one. Continue reading

Do You Follow Proper Protocol?

A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co.Recognized as the timeliest and most cost effective solution, freight shipping is seen as more of a necessity than an option now-a-days; but that doesn’t mean that taking this route comes without disadvantages. The one major downside to utilizing freight is the vulnerability your packages stand to getting damaged along the way. (Highlight to tweet) Due to freight protocol, there are ways to receive compensation and proper responsibility of these items – just as long as every party involved plays by the rules – and that doesn’t always happen. Continue reading

Taking the Guessing Game Out of Water Meter Sizes

all-picsWhen it comes to recording water usage within a structure, there are multiple water meter size options available – and they’re not always labeled as so. Knowing this, regular maintenance to meter change-out jobs can easily become a guessing game for municipalities if they don’t know what to look for. Thankfully, we do. (Highlight to tweet) Continue reading

How Pumps Provide Food to Your Table

cheeseburger-34314_960_720 How many times in a year, a month, or a week do you go out to eat simply because it’s the quick and easy option? When a burger can be cooked in less than five minutes and a smoothie made in thirty seconds, you can’t help but wonder what’s going on behind the scenes. Well, chances are, pumps played a role in providing food on the table and a drink in your hand in this efficient manner. Continue reading

When Meter Adapters Meet Meter Standardization

Do you remember, just a decade ago, when every cell phone type seemed to have its own charger to go with it? Many people couldn’t share chargers and a new one was required with the purchase of a new phone. Gas utilities have to deal with the same concept when it comes to switching out meters and matching meter connection sizes. However, the use of meter adapters makes the concept of gas meter standardization not just a reality, but also the most practical solution. (highlight to tweet) Continue reading

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Between the addition of an Innovation Department, the celebration of our 160th anniversary, and skyrocketed social media efforts, 2016 has brought a lot of change to A.Y. McDonald. And now we are announcing yet another: the launch of a Pinterest page to our already active social media presence. Continue reading

Removing ‘Lead’ From Our Drinking Water Vocabulary

At any given time, you could be standing just a number of feet above century old pipes. Similar to how a person ages, the water infrastructure starts to depreciate as it reaches the end of its useful life. Because you can’t physically see the service lines located underground, it makes it hard to know what’s down there and when the parts need to be replaced. Recognizing this is the city’s responsibility and one that isn’t taken lightly. Continue reading

Flooding the Industry with Innovation

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

What’s in Your Tap Water? An Inside Look at Water Treatment

Untitled design copyYou 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