Hydraulic Institute recently launched “Standards by Subscription,” a Web-based service providing subscribers company-wide access to ANSI/HI Pump Standards. This new service offers simultaneous, 24/7 access to ANSI/HI Standards for one or more users. Up-to-date content is provided in an easy-to-use PDF format. Subscribers can access directly from the Web or download to view locally. Visit www.estore.pumps.org/subscriptions or www.pumps.org.
S.C. Democrat receives kudos
Rep. James Clyburn (D) has received the 2009 Citation for Exemplary Service from the American Public Works Association. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1993, Clyburn is that body's Majority Whip, the third-highest-ranking leader. He's supported such home-state improvements as replacing a bridge in Charleston, creating an intermodal transportation center, and funding the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency.
Report quantifies software investments
The most successful private-sector service providers are twice as likely to use tracking and navigation technology, route optimization, and automated scheduling and dispatching, and three times as likely to employ intelligent routing systems, according to a survey completed on behalf of software provider Intergis. For a free copy of Service Workforce and Fleet Management: Driving Utilization with Location Intelligence, visit www.aberdeen.com.
Solid waste association supports texting ban
The National Solid Wastes Management Association is supporting legislation that would require states to pass laws within two years banning text-messaging while operating a moving vehicle. The Avoiding Life-Endangering and Reckless Texting by Drivers Act comes on the heels of studies by Virginia Tech and the University of Utah, which found that sending text messages was more distracting to drivers than using a cell phone.
Distance learning for water pros
The Water Environment Federation's new “Access Water Training” Web site offers utility operators continuing education opportunities through eight courses covering wastewater treatment; preliminary treatment; primary treatment; natural systems; disinfection; fixed film systems; activated sludge; and solids handling. Those completing the course and passing the final exam receive an official certificate of completion and continuing education units. Visit http://training.wef.org.
Online safety workshop
Need advice on how to avoid or minimize workplace accidents? The American Society of Safety Engineers' virtual symposium “Slips, Trips and Falls: Best Practices and Standards” takes place Oct. 20 – 22. Visit www.asse.org.
New report on rebar corrosion
According to the Epoxy Interest Group of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute's publication, Corrosion-Resistance of Reinforcing Bars: An Accelerated Test, stainless steel and epoxy-coated rebar has high corrosion resistance, while galvanized, low-carbon chromium steel, and 3CR12 stainless rebar have lower resistance. Trials included testing epoxy-coated rebar that had spent 15 years in a high-chloride environment. Visit www.epoxyinterestgroup.org.
Free buyers guide available
The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association's new Web site — www.stormwaterassociation.com — helps utility managers evaluate, specify, and use best management practices that will keep the nation's watersheds clean.
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