Tag Archives: Water Works

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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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

AYU: Knowledge at Your Fingertips

  • How do I size a jetayu pump?
  • What’s the difference between PSI and inches of water column?
  • When did ball valves come into existence?
  • Where does the pressure reducing valve lie on the northern and southern water service lateral installations?

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Attaching Adjustability to Our Meter Setters

adjsetterv21Until recently, adjustability was a word not often used to describe certain water works products. Due to the functionality of these parts and the age of the industry itself, most manufacturers have shied away from enhancing a product whose design hasn’t change much since the beginning of its existence. A.Y. McDonald aims to prove that enhancement is not only a possibility but is also recognized as the more likely choice with our new adjustable height meter setter. 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

How Planning Can Save Your Project

The water works industry has a lot to live up to. As one of the lucky ones responsible for allowing the public access to water, this industry creates products that are essential to everyday life. In doing so, each material, part, and product must meet certain rules and regulations in order to be installed. Continue reading

The Secret Ingredient to a Solid Communication Plan

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Old Spice, Staples, Nike, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks. What do all these companies have in common? Other than the fact that they’re all well known, they also hold a very active presence on social media. Chances are, I bet you’re even following at least one of these businesses on Twitter or ‘liking’ them on Facebook. Continue reading

The False Stigma That’s Attached to No-Lead Water Works Brass

Those familiar with water works products are well aware that the no-lead brass is relatively new to the industry, thanks to the implementation of Public Law 111-380. Years of trial and error led A.Y. McDonald to select a brass alloy that creates the best possible product. Known as the C89833, this alloy includes a makeup of approximately 88.5% copper, 5% tin, 4% zinc, and 2.2% bismuth. Continue reading