San Diego’s Sensible Water Leak Conservation: Perks Included!

Mar 21

San Diego’s Sensible Water Leak Conservation: Perks Included!

Residents of America’s Finest City will be able to take part in a variety of fun, resourceful events this month. It’s Fix a Leak Week and there are several activities and promotions happening city-wide! Also, San Diegans may be able to take part in a financial incentive on water leak repairs. Did you know that household leaks are estimated to waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water a year- nationwide? That’s enough to serve the annual needs of 11 million homes. This is a well-heeled reminder to check for any undetected leaks throughout your home. Consider your sinks, bathtubs, showers and anywhere you may have a water apparatus, including your water meter. Many meters have a small, red leak detector that spins when water is being used, which may quickly detect small indoor leaks once all water sources are turned off. Irrigation systems can also leak so you’ll want to be sure and check those as well, particularly now that spring has arrived. During this season water usage generally increases, making it an opportune time to check for leaks. The presence of mold or algae near irrigation fixtures can signal a leak. Similarly, look for continually damp spots in the yard as that can also be a tell-tale sign of an underground leak. Interestingly, even small 1/32 inch leaks can contribute to significant water waste- over six thousand gallons per month! In the event that a repair is needed, the good news is: you may qualify for a rebate as the city is offering customers up to $75 for repairs made throughout this month. Water saving tip: If there is a need to replace an appliance, low water use models are recommended as you’ll find an improvement of up to 20 percent less water- without a noticeable difference in...

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San Diego Safeguards Water with Smart Planting

Jan 04

San Diego Safeguards Water with Smart Planting

San Diego is one of the many cities across California that is well-suited for the use of landscaping as a means of conservation.  Many local residents are intent on taking part in a workshop the city is now offering. The program is designed to assist homeowners with smart planting tactics, specific to the ongoing climate advisories.  The workshop is free of charge and will provide homeowners with the basic ‘how-to’ for water saving landscape reassembling. Information will be provided on soil, design, turf removal, plant selection, planning, irrigation, implementation and more. These are all the elements needed for a water-efficient landscape. Not surprisingly, many plants that would be inherent to a Mediterranean climate are also adapted for San Diego’s climate. A Mediterranean landscape is characterized by dramatic variations in ecological conditions, often over short distances. Similarly, the San Diego terrain can be depicted in the same likeness. Because of the unique water conservation challenge San Diego faces, the city has also devised a manual to be used as a point of reference to comply with planting guidelines and proper irrigation. Climate appropriate plants with lower water needs, along with the use of an updated irrigation system, will equal a conscientious and cost-effective plan.   Perma-liner Industries is also part of a better solution for the environment and waterways. We’ve manufactured systems to work hand-in-hand with your landscaping efforts. Let us take care of the pipelines underneath your home that can sometimes get overburdened with tree roots and soil erosion, causing malfunctions. No need to worry! We can help before a problem arises. We are the trenchless brand that keeps your landscaping intact. Our products use curing methods that take a matter of hours, instead of the days, which means no displacement for you! Call us or go online to schedule an evaluation of your home’s pipelining system. www.perma-liner.com /...

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Know your Sewer System- Prepare for a Disaster

Nov 09

Know your Sewer System- Prepare for a Disaster

When a natural disaster occurs, it’s important to know how to protect yourself and your belongings. It’s a good idea to know the basics in order to be safe and prepared.  Be sure to strap down your water heater so it meets safety codes. Consider hiring a professional plumber for this.  In California, when an earthquake strikes you’ll need to identify the location of your home’s water, gas and electric main shutoffs valves and switches.  Remove all flammable liquids from the living areas of your home. Put them in the garage or another outside storage area. To help prevent a fire, store them away from heat sources, such as a water heater or furnace. If your home has a chimney, consider securing it to the roof with sheet metal straps.  For flooding, in addition to sandbagging and other preventative measures, be sure to review your policy and know what’s covered in the event of property damage. Also, make sure your septic tank and sewer are inspected and cleaned at the start of every season. During periods of heavy rainfall, clogged sewers and overtaxed septic tanks are disasters waiting to happen. Consider installing a sump pump to drain out unwanted standing water. There are a few helpful items to have in a disaster preparedness kit- such as blankets, clean clothes, flashlights and a respiratory mask, to name a few. California: Are you ready for this? We are excited to inform you that Perma-liner Industries will be in town on December 6th– 8th for our Trenchless Tour!! We’ve been planning for three fun-filled days of Live Demonstrations in Concord. Every day will consist of different demos using our patented technology including Perma-Main™ Continuous Lining, Top Gun and Sectional Point Repair and much more. It’s the educational event of the season and we’d like to see you there!!  Stay tuned for more info or go to www.perma-liner.com....

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San Diego’s Winter Water Usage Advisory

Dec 28

San Diego’s Winter Water Usage Advisory

In the City of San Diego, everyone has a San Diego water bill that includes a flat sewer rate. The rate is based on the water used during the previous winter. Instead of charging each customer a flat dollar amount, the city attaches an amount based on your usage, which covers the cost of running the sewer system. The City has implemented a winter monitoring period to calculate sewer charges on your bill from December through March. Once the monitoring period is over, a flat rate for your sewer bill is calculated and included in your monthly bill for the next year beginning in July and continuing through the following July. Essentially, if you lower your usage during these months, your sewer rate will go down and you will save money each month for one year. The winter months are when the measuring takes place because that is when the highest percentage of water used is returned to the sewer system. The City monitors your water usage during the two billing cycles when your meter is actually read, and uses the total from the cycle with the least amount of usage to calculate your sewer rate. Residential water users are urged to keep up their efforts to conserve through the winter months. That includes complying with urban water supplier directives to switch to fall watering schedules of once a week as well as a prohibition against watering during a rain event and 48 hours directly following a rain event. Water saving tips: Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. (save up to 35 gallons a week per person) Scrape food scraps off dishes in the garbage instead of putting it down the garbage disposal. (save up to 60 gallons a week) Shorten your shower time at least every other day. (save up to 33 gallons a week per...

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Sewer System Record Keeping For UC at San Diego

Oct 21

Sewer System Record Keeping For UC at San Diego

The University of California at San Diego has a task oriented and carefully documented system for reporting sanitary sewer overflows when they occur. The goal for the UC San Diego’s Sewer System Management Plan is to schedule and properly manage, operate, and maintain all parts of the sanitary sewer system, as well as to identify effective notification and response procedures that will be used to address sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). The Environment, Health & Safety Department is required to maintain detailed documentation of SSOs for at least five years. Maintaining these records will help EH&S track the number of spills and their volumes, as well as, measure the effectiveness of the Overflow Emergency Response Plan (OERP). Based on the information collected EH&S can determine which areas of the sewer system need to be prioritized and if the OERP needs to be updated in order to improve response activities. For each SSO these records must include, but are not limited to, Records documenting each sanitary sewer overflow event; Complaint records documenting how necessary departments responded to all notifications of possible or actually sanitary sewer overflows, both during and after business hours, including complaints that do not result in a sanitary sewer overflow; Records documenting steps and/or remedial actions taken. Spill response activities taken; Records documenting how all estimate(s) of volume(s) discharged and, if applicable, volume(s)recovered were calculated; Electronic monitoring records relied upon for documenting sanitary sewer overflow events and/or estimating the sanitary sewer overflow volume discharged. Whether or not health warnings were posted; Steps that have, and will be, taken to prevent the SSO from recurring and a schedule to implement those steps; work orders, work completed, and any other maintenance records that are associated with responses and investigations of system problems related to...

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San Mateo’s Cost Sharing Program for Sewer Laterals

Sep 24

San Mateo’s Cost Sharing Program for Sewer Laterals

San Mateo has developed an alternative plan for rehabilitating sewer laterals due to excessive sanitary sewer overflows. This is caused by inflow and infiltration from leaky sewer laterals. The City has implemented a cost sharing program designed to assist the homeowner in the event of a sewer mishap.  Grants of 50% of the sewer lateral repair, with a cap of $3,000 are available to owner occupied, single family residences with household incomes below $82,000.  For homeowners that are not eligible for grants, low interest loans, up to $6,000 are available to owner-occupied, single family residences, regardless of income.  The private sewer lateral program addresses an aging infrastructure by encouraging property owners to upgrade their laterals. Since the Citywide program began, 435 property owners received the free video inspection of their private sewer lateral.  Currently, there are possible revisions and other alternatives being offered, in lieu of the initial plans in place for this program.  This is primarily due to the amount of homeowners that are not taking advantage of the repairs and the amount of staffing that is needed to make the program successful.  A few of the other options being reviewed are: Modify Lateral Repair Program- cost share full lateral replacement program only does not include other lateral repair (voluntary), Point of Sale Lateral Replacement/Repair, and Right of Way Repair Authorization. San Francisco AND San Diego, SAVE THE DATE!! The 88th Annual WEFTEC (the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference) is taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois from September 26-30, 2015 and Perma-Liner Industries will be there!  Come check us out.  We will be at booth #804 and we’d like to provide info, as well as, answer all of the questions you may have about trenchless, Cured in Place...

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