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
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
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