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.
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
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
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
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
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
The majority of the fixtures that make water work for you and your community are located just a number of feet underground. Recognized as the service lateral, each part plays an integral role in providing a structure access to the public water supply (see diagrams to the right). However, certain parts – such as the water meter – have to be more accessible than others.
There are many alternatives to having the water meter inside of the structure, such as the meter setter, meter pit, or meter box. When it comes to choosing which meter protector route to take, factors such as the climate and personal preference of the water provider are considered. However, those unfamiliar with the meter setter, meter pit, and meter box may wonder why they are necessary to the service lateral installation. Continue reading
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Does the phrase ‘April showers bring May flowers’ ring a bell? While very catchy, there’s a reason why someone came up with it in the first place. Since thunderstorms can threaten at any moment during spring and summer, this is the time of year to be paying the most attention to the affects of power outages – especially on a home’s sump pump. Continue reading
The effectiveness of a water well greatly depends on the amount of groundwater it’s pulling from. Likewise, the cost of creating the well is dependent on how far down it has to be drilled in order to reach this resource. Since groundwater is obviously located below the surface, there is no proven way to find where it flows and how far down – unless you’re a believer of water dowsing. Continue reading