Public Works Manual 2012 Table of Contents

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7% of North American communities lack GIS map 7% of North American communities lack GIS map

For several years, Bartlett & West Engineers Inc. has asked North American communities if they have a geographic information system (GIS) and how they use it. Read more

EPA's WaterSense label certifies outdoor water-use products EPA's WaterSense label certifies outdoor water-use products

The U.S. EPA’s WaterSense label, which has typically been used for bathroom appliances, is for the first time being used to certify outdoor water-use products: weather-based irrigation controllers. Read more

Americans ambivalent about their drinking water

Consumers think their tap water is safe and are willing to pay more — sometimes. Read more

Centrifugal or progressive-cavity sludge pump?

Pumping is the second-largest expense, after labor, for most treatment plants, representing in some cases almost half the facility's annual operating costs. Read more

Can your community afford adaptive traffic control? Can your community afford adaptive traffic control?

Seven factors that affect pricing and return on investment. Read more

Static Web maps vs. dynamic Web GIS

You get what you pay for: the difference between free and paid online maps. Read more

Five landfill compaction best practices Five landfill compaction best practices

Techniques to maximize air space and select the right landfill compactor. Read more

Choosing a salt storage building Choosing a salt storage building

What you need to know to balance material accessibility with environmental standards. Read more

Creating stable and healthy roadsides Creating stable and healthy roadsides

Using selective herbicides — and knowing how to use them — will keep your right-of-way grasses weed-free and beautiful. Read more

Proper installation of corrugated HDPE pipe Proper installation of corrugated HDPE pipe

Practical tips on how to provide the best underground burial. Read more

Pavement preservation stretches ailing road budgets Pavement preservation stretches ailing road budgets

How to add life to your assets with proactive maintenance. Read more

Saving water is a walk in the park Saving water is a walk in the park

Show — don't tell — residents how to conserve water by updating and monitoring your own irrigation equipment. Read more

All about the cloud All about the cloud

Using cloud computing — whether in-house or through a provider — can mean a significant improvement in technology capabilities and customer service at a very attractive cost. Read more

Five commonly overlooked but crucial lift-safety tips Five commonly overlooked but crucial lift-safety tips

Whether you're using two-post lifts for cars and light trucks or in-ground lifts for medium- to heavy-duty vehicles, follow these basic rules. Read more

The greener, cheaper way to prevent erosion The greener, cheaper way to prevent erosion

Native plants and geosynthetics provide an effective one-two punch against roadside erosion. Read more

Three ways to improve pump performance Three ways to improve pump performance

Knowing your jobsite conditions, how to reduce friction loss, and where to place your equipment will help you get the most out of your pump. Read more

What does ‘trailer capacity’ really mean?

Understanding load concentration is the key to choosing the right equipment to transport bridge elements. Read more

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