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

From Dinosaurs to Fossil Fuels

flameSince 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

How to Use Water Wisely This Summer

blog 6Did 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.

  1. Set up your sprinklers correctly: When you setup your sprinklers to water your lawn and plants this summer,  Continue reading

From the Well to Your Tap

water cycleThe 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

Shedding Some Light on ‘Light Size’ Meter Connections

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

Seven Not-So-Random Facts That Helped Shape Our Company

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